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Zimbabwe's Mugabe returns from Singapore medical care

AFP  |  Harare 

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home today after medical treatment in Singapore, the state broadcaster said, putting to rest speculation over the 93-year-old's whereabouts.

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation said Mugabe, who left for last Saturday, "had eye surgery in the Asian country a few years ago" and had returned for a "routine medical check-up".


This week's trip there is Mugabe's third there this year.

Public hospitals in Zimbabwe often suffer from chronic shortages of drugs and staff as the economy has struggled to rebound following years of mismanagement.

Mugabe's ZANU-PF party was forced to postpone a rally yesterday at which he was due to address supporters, triggering speculation about his whereabouts.

Mugabe, in power since Zimbabwe's independence from British colonial rule in 1980, is his party's presidential candidate for next year's elections despite concerns over his age and fitness to rule.

Early in 2015, he tripped and fell as he left a podium after addressing supporters who had gathered at Harare airport to welcome him back from a foreign trip.

The same year he also read a speech to parliament apparently unaware that he had delivered the same speech before.

Mugabe's party is sharply divided over his succession. Vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa and Mugabe's wife Grace are seen as likely contenders to take over in the event of his death or retirement.

Opposition parties have formed a coalition to fight Mugabe's party in next year's vote.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, July 15 2017. 18:28 IST
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