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Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe ex-president, dies aged 95

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By ITN News Editor September 6, 2019 15:44

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe ex-president, dies aged 95

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader, has died aged 95.Mr Mugabe had been receiving treatment in a hospital in Singapore since April.He was ousted in a military coup in 2017 after 37 years in power. Mr Mugabe’s early years were praised for broadening access to health and education for the black majority – but his later years were marked by rights abuses and corruption. He won Zimbabwe’s first election after it secured independence from the UK, becoming prime minister in 1980. He abolished the office in 1987, becoming president instead.Mr Mugabe was born on 21 February 1924 in what was then Rhodesia.

The country, once a British colony, was run by a white minority.Mr Mugabe, with his high profile in the independence movement, secured an overwhelming victory in the republic’s first election.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 6, 2019 15:44