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Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe Dies at 95

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Zimbabwean Robert Mugabe has died at age 95.

His family confirmed the news, stating that Mugabe had been receiving treatment in a Singapore hospital since April.

Mugabe won the first election in Zimbabwe after its independence from the United Kingdom, and he became the prime minister in 1980. In 1987, he discontinued the office of the prime minister and became president.

Mugabe was ousted in a military coup in November 2017 after 37 years in power. He is survived by his wife Grace Mugabe and four children.

His early years were praised for broadening access to health and education for the black majority of Zimbabweans – but his later years were marked by human rights abuses and corruption.O

In a tweet, Mugabe’s successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, expressed his “utmost sadness” on his passing, calling Mugabe “an icon of liberation.”

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