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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attends an award ceremony in Harare on June 4, 2014.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attends an award ceremony in Harare on June 4, 2014.
(TSVANGIRAYI MUKWAZHI/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

How Mugabe is using the African Union to protect himself from Western prosecution

Robert Mugabe is so loathed by the West that he is officially barred from entering Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia. His assets have been frozen in Western financial institutions, and he is subject to an arms embargo.

But none of that matters to Africa’s top politicians. They have just chosen the 90-year-old Zimbabwean autocrat to be chairman of the bloc of Southern African nations, known as SADC. And in January, in a supreme gesture of defiance, they are expected to anoint Mr. Mugabe as the new chairman of the African Union.