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Robert Mugabe: 1924 - 2019
Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, feted as an African liberation hero and champion of racial reconciliation when he first came to power in a nation divided by nearly a century of white colonial rule, has died at the age of 95.

Nearly four decades later, many at home and abroad denounced him as a power-obsessed autocrat willing to unleash death squads, rig elections and trash the economy in the relentless pursuit of control.

Mugabe was ultimately ousted by his own armed forces in November 2017.
TECH-SUMMIT
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December 10, 2003
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses the inaugural session of the World Summit on Information...
Geneva, Switzerland (Swiss Confederation)
ZIMBABWEAN PRESIDENT MUGABE ADDRESSES THE INAUGURAL SESSION OF THE
WORLD SUMMIT ON INFORMATION ...
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses the inaugural session of the World Summit on Information Society in Geneva, Switzerland, December 10, 2003. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
CLIMATE-COPENHAGEN/
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December 15, 2009
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe attends the opening speech of the high-level segment of the UN Climate...
Copenhagen, Denmark
Zimbabwe's President Mugabe attends the opening speech of the high-level segment of the UN Climate Change...
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe attends the opening speech of the high-level segment of the UN Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen December 15, 2009. REUTERS/Bob Strong (DENMARK - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
ZIMBABWE-MUGABE
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February 27, 2016
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe eats cake at his birthday celebrations at Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo,...
Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, eats cake at his birthday celebrations at Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo...
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe eats cake at his birthday celebrations at Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo, February 27, 2016. Mugabe marked his 92nd birthday at a nearly $1 million party organised by supporters in a drought-stricken area on Saturday, drawing criticism from opponents who said the celebrations were an affront to ordinary Zimbabweans. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ZIMBABWE-CRISIS/
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August 17, 2008
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe watches a video presentation during the summit of the Southern African...
Johannesburg, South Africa
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe watches a video presentation during SADC in Johannesburg
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe watches a video presentation during the summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Johannesburg, August 17, 2008. Zimbabwe's ruling party and the main opposition have not yet reached a power-sharing agreement, an opposition spokesman said on Sunday. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA)
AFRICA-WEF-ZIMBABWE-MUGABE/
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May 04, 2017
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe participates in a discussion at the World Economic Forum on Africa...
Durban, South Africa
Zimbabwean President Mugabe participates in a discussion at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 meeting...
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe participates in a discussion at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017 meeting in Durban, South Africa May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Rogan Ward TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ZIMBABWE-ELECTION/MUGABE VOTE
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July 31, 2018
Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe casts his ballot in the general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe,...
Harare, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe casts his ballot in the general elections in Harare
Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe casts his ballot in the general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 30, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ZIMBABWE-MUGABE/
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August 26, 2017
President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace attend the burial of two independence luminaries, Maud Muzenda...
Harare, Zimbabwe
Mugabe and his wife Grace attend the burial of two independence luminaries in Harare
President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace attend the burial of two independence luminaries, Maud Muzenda and George Rutanhire, in Harare, Zimbabwe August 26,2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ZIMBABWE-POLITICS/
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November 08, 2017
President Robert Mugabe listens to his wife Grace Mugabe at a rally of his ruling ZANU-PF party in Harare,...
Harare, Zimbabwe
President Robert Mugabe listens to his wife Grace Mugabe at a rally of his ruling ZANU-PF party in Harare...
President Robert Mugabe listens to his wife Grace Mugabe at a rally of his ruling ZANU-PF party in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 8, 2017.REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
ZIMBABWE-POLITICS/
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November 17, 2017
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe attends a university graduation ceremony in Harare, Zimbabwe, November...
Harare, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe attends a university graduation ceremony in Harare
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe attends a university graduation ceremony in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
ZIMBABWE-MUGABE/
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February 21, 2017
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe reads a card during his 93rd birthday celebrations in Harare, Zimbabwe,...
Harare, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe reads a card during his 93rd birthday celebrations in Harare
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe reads a card during his 93rd birthday celebrations in Harare, Zimbabwe, February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ZIMBABWE-MUGABE/
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January 21, 2014
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (L) speaks to his wife Grace during the funeral of his sister, Bridget,...
Zvimba, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaks to his wife Grace during the funeral of his sister, Bridget,...
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (L) speaks to his wife Grace during the funeral of his sister, Bridget, in the village of Zvimba, 90 km (55 miles) west of Harare January 21 2014. Mugabe attributed his long life to God's will but shied away from commenting on his health on Tuesday, a day after scotching rumours he was sick by appearing in public for the first time in several weeks. Mugabe, who has ruled the former British colony since independence in 1980, turns 90 in exactly a month, making his state of health the hottest topic for Zimbabwe's 13 million people and its ruling ZANU-PF party. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
MOZAMBIQUE/
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August 17, 2012
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (C), Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza (2nd L red tie), Swaziland's...
Maputo, Mozambique
Zimbabwe's President Mugabe, Mozambique's President Guebuza, Swaziland's King Mswati III and Congo's...
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (C), Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza (2nd L red tie), Swaziland's King Mswati III (L red and white tie) and Congo's President Joseph Kabila (behind Guebuza) arrive with other regional leaders for a summit of the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Mozambique's capital Maputo August 17, 2012. REUTERS/Grant Lee Neuenburg (MOZAMBIQUE - Tags: POLITICS)
ZIMBABWE/
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May 04, 2012
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe arrives for the burial of ZANU (PF) member Edson Ncube in Harare May...
Harare, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe arrives for the burial of ZANU (PF) member Edson Ncube in Harare
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe arrives for the burial of ZANU (PF) member Edson Ncube in Harare May 4, 2012. Mugabe was forced into a power-sharing deal with his rival and now Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, after a disputed 2008 poll which Western powers said was marred by ZANU-PF violence and intimidation. Under the terms of the deal, elections must be held by next year. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
UN-ASSEMBLY/
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September 22, 2011
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (seated) waits to address the 66th United Nations General Assembly...
New York, UNITED STATES
Zimbabwe's President Mugabe waits to address the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters...
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (seated) waits to address the 66th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Chip East (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
ZIMBABWE/
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December 14, 2009
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (L) shares a light moment with his newly sworn-in Vice President John...
Harare, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's President Mugabe shares a light moment with his newly sworn-in Vice President Nkomo at the...
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (L) shares a light moment with his newly sworn-in Vice President John Nkomo (R) at the State House in the capital Harare December 14, 2009. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE - Tags: POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SOCCER-WORLD/
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November 26, 2009
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe clasps the FIFA soccer World Cup trophy at Harare International Airport...
Harare, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe clasps the FIFA soccer World Cup trophy in Harare
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe clasps the FIFA soccer World Cup trophy at Harare International Airport November 26, 2009. The trophy is on an 86 country 225 day world tour before it arrives in the host country South Africa for the 2010 tournament. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE SPORT SOCCER IMAGES OF THE DAY)
ZIMBABWE-MUGABE/
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December 04, 2007
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe speaks to journalists outside Parliament in Harare December 4, 2007....
Harare, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's President Mugabe speaks to journalists outside Parliament in Harare
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe speaks to journalists outside Parliament in Harare December 4, 2007. Mugabe said on Tuesday British efforts to isolate Zimbabwe were crumbling after London failed to have him excluded from an EU-Africa summit. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE)
USA/UN-THU
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September 25, 2008
President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe addresses at the 63rd United Nations General Assembly...
New York, UNITED STATES
President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Mugabe addresses at 63rd United Nations General Assembly in New...
President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe addresses at the 63rd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York September 25, 2008. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES)
ZIMBABWE MUGABE
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February 21, 2004
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is kissed by his wife Grace at his 80th birthday party in his home area...
Zvimba, Zimbabwe - Republic of
ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE IS KISSED BY HIS WIFE GRACE AT HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY PARTY.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is kissed by his wife Grace at his 80th birthday party in his home area of Zvimba, 80kms west of Harare February 21, 2004. Mugabe celebrated his 80th birthday on Saturday, a day after indicating that he would retire within five years, amid a deepening political and economic crisis. REUTERS/Howard Burditt HB
ZIMBABWE-PARLIAMENT
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July 20, 2000
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe inspects troops at the opening of Parliament July 20, 2000. The fifth...
Harare, Zimbabwe
ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE INSPECTS TROOPS.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe inspects troops at the opening of Parliament July 20, 2000. The fifth Parliament since independence in 1980 sees the largest opposition to Mugabe's ZANU (PF) with the Movement for Democratic Change holding 57 of the 150 seat chamber.

REUTERS/Howard Burditt
ZIMBAMBWE
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June 21, 2000
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe arrives with his wife Grace for an election rally in Madziwa, a village...
Madziwa, Zimbabwe
PRESIDENT MUGABE WITH WIFE GRACE AT MADZIWA FOR ELECTION RALLY.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe arrives with his wife Grace for an election rally in Madziwa, a village north of Harare June 21, 2000. Mugabe was quoted as saying Britain and the United States were trying to discredit his government and warned that any sanctions would hit foreign firms hardest. He said London and Washington had launched a campaign against his plan to seize 804 white-owned farms for redistribution to landless blacks.
REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya
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ZIMBABWE CHURCHES MANDELA
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December 13, 1998
President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe (R) holds hands with his South African counterpart Nelson Mandela...
Harare, Zimbabwe
PRESIDENTS NELSON MANDELA AND ROBERT MUGABE.
President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe (R) holds hands with his South African counterpart Nelson Mandela greeting him on his arrival in the country December 13. Mandela was here to address the 8th Assembly of the World Council of Churches which ends December 14.

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MUGABE
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May 21, 1997
President's Nelson Mandela of South Africa (L) and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe talk together May 21, 1997...
PRESIDENTS NELSON MANDELA AND ROBERT MUGABE TALK IN HARARE
President's Nelson Mandela of South Africa (L) and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe talk together May 21, 1997 as he was leaving the country after a three day state visit. Mandela opened a World Economic Forum on the southern African region to improve investment and trade within the region. REUTERS/Howard Burditt

ZIMBABWE MANDELA
MUGABE
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September 15, 1996
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (R) greets his Palestinian counterpart Yasser Arafat upon his arrival...
ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE GREETS PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT YASSER ARAFAT
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (R) greets his Palestinian counterpart Yasser Arafat upon his arrival in the capital to attend the World Solar Summit September 15, 1996. The international conference called to drum up political support for the use and developments of solar and other renewable sources of energy opens in Zimbabwe on Monday. The two-day summit has attracted only a handful of heads of state and governments. REUTERS/Howard Burditt

ZIMBABWE
CUBA-ZIMBABWE
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September 18, 1999
Cuban President Fidel Castro (R) and Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe stand at attention during an...
Havana, Cuba - Republic of
CASTRO AND ZIMBABWE'S PRESIDENT MUGABE ATTEND HAVANA ARRIVAL CEREMONY.
Cuban President Fidel Castro (R) and Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe stand at attention during an arrival ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana September 18, 1999. Mugabe and Castro will hold official talks and sign several bilateral agreements before Mugabe departs for New York City on September 19 to attend meetings of the United Nations General Assembly. REUTERS/Rafael Perez

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MUGABE
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March 21, 1997
U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton (C) is escorted by Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (R) and his wife...
HILLARY CLINTON MEETS MUGABE AND WIFE IN HARARE
U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton (C) is escorted by Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (R) and his wife Grace Mugabe after she arrived at the presidential palace in Harare March 21, 1997. Mrs. Clinton is on a six -nation goodwill tour through Africa with her daughter Chelsea. REUTERS/Win McNamee
ROYALS
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July 10, 1993
The Princess of Wales talks to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe when she paid a courtesy visit at Harare's...
The Princess of Wales talks to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe when she paid a courtesy visit at .....
The Princess of Wales talks to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe when she paid a courtesy visit at Harare's State house, July 10, 1993. Princess Diana is on a four-day visit to Zimbabwe and will visit welfare projects and a Mozambican refugee camp. REUTERS/Howard Burditt
BRITAIN
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June 12, 2006
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh stand with the President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe (L),...
London, United Kingdom
File photo shows Queen and Duke of Edinburgh standing with President of Zimbabwe in London
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh stand with the President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe (L), shortly before he reviewed a guard of honour in London May 17, 1994. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs (BRITAIN)
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September 15, 1996
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (R) and his Palestinian counterpart Yasser Arafat hold hands upon Arafat's...
ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE AND PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT YASSER ARAFAT HOLD HANDS
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (R) and his Palestinian counterpart Yasser Arafat hold hands upon Arafat's arrival in the capital to attend the World Solar Summit, September 15. The international conference called to drum up political support for the use and developments of solar and other renewable sources of energy opens in Zimbabwe on Monday. The two-day summit has attracted only a handful of heads of state and governments.

ZIMBABWE
FRANCE
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October 28, 1999
French President Jacques Chirac (R) greets Zimbabwe's President Robert Gabriel Mugabe (L) at the Elysee...
French President Jacques Chirac (R) greets Zimbabwe's President Robert Gabriel Mugabe (L) at the Ely.....
French President Jacques Chirac (R) greets Zimbabwe's President Robert Gabriel Mugabe (L) at the Elysee Palace, October 28. [Mugabe is in Paris where he attended the 30th session of UNESCO's General Conference ]
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ZIMBABWE
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July 25, 1997
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe talks with U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson July 25, 1997...
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe talks with U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson July 25, at .....
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe talks with U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson July 25, 1997 at the last plenary session of the African-American Summit. The conference hopes to improve business between the United States and Africa. REUTERS/Howard Burditt
MUGABE
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August 17, 1996
President Robert Mugabe and new wife Grace leave the Kutama Catholic Church August 17, 1996 after exchaning...
President Robert Mugabe and new wife Grace leave the Kutama Catholic Church August 17, after exchani.....
President Robert Mugabe and new wife Grace leave the Kutama Catholic Church August 17, 1996 after exchaning their wedding vows. The couple were traditionally married shortly after the death of Mugabe's first wife Sally. The ceremony was attended by six thousand invited guests. REUTERS/Howard Burditt
EU-AFRICA/SUMMIT
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November 29, 2010
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe sleeps during the speech of Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi at the...
Tripoli, Libya
Zimbabwe's President Mugabe sleeps during the speech of Libya's leader Gaddafi at the start of the third...
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe sleeps during the speech of Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi at the start of the third European Union-Africa summit in Tripoli November 29, 2010. Gaddafi warned the European Union on Monday that Africa would turn to other trade partners if the EU kept trying to dictate to the continent how it should develop. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (LIBYA - Tags: POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
ZIMBABWE
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April 07, 1995
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe greets the crowd at his final election rally in this town, 100 kms...
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe greets the crowd at his final election rally in this town, 100 km.....
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe greets the crowd at his final election rally in this town, 100 kms west of Harare April 7, 1995. Zimbabwe's weekend general elections, already won in advance by Mugabe's ruling party ZANU-PF, are being watched for voter turnout to assess political popularity. REUTERS/Howard Burditt
ZIMBABWE-INDEPENDENCE
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April 18, 2011
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai arrive at a rally marking...
Harare, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai arrive at a rally marking Zimbabwe's...
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai arrive at a rally marking Zimbabwe's 31st independence anniversary celebrations in Harare April 18, 2011. Tsvangirai on Monday denounced Mugabe's plans to nationalise foreign-owned firms as "looting and plunder" by a greedy elite. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
ZIMBABWE
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April 07, 2000
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe speaks at an election rally in Bindura, 80 Km's north of the capital,...
Bindura, Zimbabwe
ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE GESTURES AS SPEAKS AT RALLY.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe speaks at an election rally in Bindura, 80 Km's north of the capital, April 7, 2000. Mugabe vowed to fight the country's white farmers for access to their land and accused the farmers of bankrolling the new opposition party the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). PP04020110 REUTERS/Howard Burditt
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EU-AFRICA/
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December 08, 2007
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe sits before their EU-Africa summit in Lisbon, December 8, 2007. European...
Lisbon, Portugal
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe sits before their EU-Africa summit in Lisbon
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe sits before their EU-Africa summit in Lisbon, December 8, 2007. European and African leaders will seek to forge a fresh partnership to tackle issues like trade, immigration and peacekeeping this week when they hold their first summit in seven years. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (PORTUGAL)
ZIMBABWE
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April 18, 2009
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe lights the independence flame during the 29th Independence Celebrations...
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe lights the independence flame during the 29th Independence Celebrations...
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe lights the independence flame during the 29th Independence Celebrations at the National Stadium in Harare, April 18, 2009. Mugabe and his rival, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, celebrated independence from Britain together for the first time on Saturday, a possible sign that political tensions are easing. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)
ZIMBABWE
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July 23, 2002
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, followed by Police Commissioner
Augustine Chihuri, inspects troops...
Harare, Zimbabwe
ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE INSPECTS TROOPS.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, followed by Police Commissioner
Augustine Chihuri, inspects troops outside Parliament July 23, 2002.
Mugabe opened the third session of the fifth parliament following
disputed Presidential elections in March. REUTERS/Howard Burditt

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