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Zimbabwe Ex-president Robert Mugabe dies aged 95

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Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first post-independence chief, has died aged 95.

 

He died after battling sick well being, his household confirmed to the BBC. Mr Mugabe had been in hospital in Singapore since April.

 

He was ousted in a navy coup in November 2017, ending three many years in energy.

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He gained Zimbabwe’s first election after independence, turning into prime minister in 1980. He abolished the workplace in 1987, turning into president as an alternative.

 

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Mugabe’s early years have been praised for broadening entry to well being and schooling for the black majority. However his controversial land reform programme sparked an financial collapse and his latter years have been marked by rights abuses and corruption.

His successor, Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa, expressed his “utmost disappointment”, calling Mr Mugabe “Zimbabwe’s founding father” and “an icon of liberation”.

Mr Mugabe was born on 21 February 1924, in what was then Rhodesia.

He was imprisoned for greater than a decade with out trial after criticising the federal government of Rhodesia in 1964.

In 1973, whereas nonetheless in jail, he was chosen as president of the Zimbabwe African Nationwide Union (Zanu), of which he was a founding member.

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