Longtime Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe dies at 95
Dateline: Harare - 1980 - 8 November 2017
Date: 09/06/2019 06:56 PM
ARCHIVE:Harare, Zimbabwe - 18 April 2017
1. Zimbabwe President at the time, Robert Mugabe, standing in army jeep inspecting guard of honour at ceremony to mark 37 years of independence from British rule
ARCHIVE: Harare, Zimbabwe - 12 August 2013
2. Mugabe walking past guard of honour guard at annual Heroes Day celebration
ARCHIVE: Harare, Zimbabwe - exact date unknown, 1980
3. Street celebrations to mark Zimbabwe's independence
ARCHIVE: Harare, Zimbabwe - exact date unknown, 1985
4. Mugabe speaking at rally
5. Crowd at ZANU-PF rally
ARCHIVE: Harare, Zimbabwe - 8 November 2017
6. Close up of Mugabe poster, pan to Zimbabwe's then-President Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe arriving
ARCHIVE: Harare, Zimbabwe - 17 August 2016
7. Protester holding up burned money during economic crisis
8. Various of anti-government protesters and riot police
9. Banner denouncing Mugabe reading (English): "Mugabe must go now."
10. Mugabe speaking at ceremony marking 37 years of independence from British rule
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ROBERT MUGABE, ZIMBABWE'S LONGTIME LEADER WHO WAS FORCED TO RESIGN IN 2017 AFTER A MILITARY TAKEOVER, HAS DIED AT THE AGE OF 95.
MUGABE TOOK POWER OF THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN NATION WHEN WHITE MINORITY RULE ENDED IN 1980.
HE ENJOYED STRONG SUPPORT AMONG THE POPULATION - AND EVEN THE WEST - SOON AFTER TAKING OVER AS ZIMBABWE'S FIRST POST-COLONIAL LEADER.
BUT THAT POPULARITY PLUMMETED AND HE WAS REVILED IN LATER YEARS AS THE ECONOMY COLLAPSED AND ALLEGATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS INCREASED.
HIS OFTEN VIOLENT TAKEOVER OF FARMS FROM WHITES WHO OWNED HUGE TRACTS OF LAND MADE HIM A HATED FIGURE IN THE WEST.
THOUGH HE ONCE VOWED TO RULE FROM THE GRAVE, MUGABE'S 37-YEAR-REGIME CAME TO AN END TWO YEARS AGO WHEN HE WAS FORCED FROM OFFICE AFTER PRESSURE FROM THE MILITARY, THE PUBLIC AND HIS OWN PARTY.
AT THE TIME HE WAS THE WORLD'S OLDEST HEAD OF STATE.
KELLY DASCHLE, ASSOCIATED PRESS.