Zimbabwe’s Ex-president Robert Mugabe is Dead


The first post-independent President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, is dead.
He died at the age of 95 after battling ill health, his family confirmed to the BBC. Mr Mugabe had been in hospital in Singapore since April this year.
He was ousted in a military coup in November 2017, ending three decades in power.
He won Zimbabwe’s first election after independence, becoming prime minister in 1980. He abolished the office in 1987, becoming president instead.
Mugabe’s early years were praised for broadening access to health and education for the black majority. But his controversial land reform programme sparked an economic collapse and his latter years were marked by rights abuses and corruption.
His successor, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, expressed his “utmost sadness”, calling Mr Mugabe “Zimbabwe’s founding father” and “an icon of liberation”.
Mr Mnangagwa had been Mr Mugabe’s deputy before replacing him. (BBC)


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