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Tom McDonald Quoted in Associated Press Article on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Wife, Grace Mugabe

News / March 23, 2017

BakerHostetler Partner Tom McDonald, leader of the firm’s International Policy team and former U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe (1997 – 2001), is quoted in an Associated Press article dated March 18, 2017. The article, “For Zimbabwe's Mugabes, marriage is political and personal,” discusses Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace Mugabe, their relationship, and potential successors to the president.

The article states, “The constitution says the senior of two vice presidents would take office if the president dies, resigns or is removed from power, but Grace Mugabe's feuds with some ruling ZANU-PF party factions have many people doubting that a leadership change would go by the book.”

The article then reports:

"She's in the mix," said Tom McDonald, a Washington-based lawyer who was U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe from 1997 to 2001. Meanwhile, he said, the relationship serves the political interests of both partners. The frail Robert Mugabe feeds off his wife's vibrancy, while she sponges up stature from his presidential aura.

Read the article.