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Robert Mugabe, former president of Zimbabwe, dies at 95

September 06, 2019 12:07 IST

Zimbabwe's revolutionary leader and long-time dictator Robert Mugabe has died in Singapore aged 95 on Friday, according to Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

IMAGE: Robert Mugabe was hospitalised in Singapore since April. Photograph: Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

Mugabe was dethroned in a military coup in November 2017, was hospitalised in Singapore for health issues since April and passed away at a hospital in Singapore, reported CNN.

"It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe's founding father and former president," tweeted Mnangagwa.


"Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in eternal peace," he added.

The former political prisoner turned guerrilla leader stormed to power in the 1980 elections after a mounting rebellion and economic sanctions forced the Rhodesian government to the negotiating table.

Mugabe, who notoriously said that "only God" could ever remove him from office, was removed from power by then vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa to make way for his wife, Grace.

The proposal to impeach the strongman was drafted by Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, which had earlier expelled Mugabe from the party -- the same party that Mugabe led from the forefront for more than two decades.

Source: ANI