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Pursuit of power: Mugabe- Zimbabwe's liberator and, for many, its oppressor

The 93-year-old resigned as president on Tuesday, ending 37 years of rule

Reuters  |  Harare 

When he came to power, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe was feted as an African liberation hero in a nation that had endured nearly a century of white colonial rule. Nearly four decades after the country’s independence from Britain in 1980, he was regarded by many as an autocrat, willing to unleash death squads, rig elections and trash the economy in the relentless pursuit of power. The 93-year-old resigned as president on Tuesday, ending 37 years of rule. He had clung on for a week after an army takeover and expulsion from his ZANU-PF party, but quit after parliament began ...

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First Published: Wed, November 22 2017. 08:08 IST
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