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Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe dies aged 95

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Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's first post-independence leader, has died aged 95.

He died after battling ill health, his family confirmed to the BBC. Mr Mugabe had been in hospital in Singapore since April.

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".

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

He was imprisoned for more than a decade without trial after criticising the government of Rhodesia in 1964.

In 1973, while still in prison, he was chosen as president of the Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu), of which he was a founding member.


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Basically... the fucker got away wit it.
 

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An incompetent leader...
 

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Hopefully he is paying for his crimes and despicable actions in the afterlife.
 

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An African dies half way around the world and I couldn't care less. The guy never sent me so much as a Christmas card!:shit happens:
 

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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.
"Land reform?"

It was outright theft. Period.

Eff you BBC.
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Wonder which poor fecker is diplomat there?

Must have done something real bad.

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