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Robert Mugabe
President of Zimbabwe
Assumed office
31 December 1987
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
Vice President Simon Muzenda
Joice Mujuru
John Nkomo
Preceded by Canaan Banana
Prime Minister of Zimbabwe
In office
18 April 1980 – 31 December 1987
President Canaan Banana
Preceded by Abel Muzorewa (Zimbabwe Rhodesia)
Succeeded by Post abolished Revived 2009: Morgan Tsvangirai
Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement
In office
6 September 1986 – 7 September 1989
Preceded by Zail Singh
Succeeded by Janez Drnovsek
Personal details
Born (1924-02-21) 21 February 1924 (age 97)
Kutama, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia
Political party ZANU-PF (1987 – present)
ZANU (1963–1987)
ZAPU (1961–1963)
NDP (1960–1961)
Spouse(s) Sally Hayfron (deceased)
Grace Marufu
Alma mater University of Fort Hare
University of Oxford
University of South Africa
University of London

A black nationalist of Marxist persuasion, he eventually established one-party rule in his country,becoming executive president of Zimbabwe in 1987, he helped the Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole to form the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) as a breakaway from Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU).

In the months leading to the 2000 parliamentary elections, the veterans acted on their threats, which led to heightened tensions in the country.Although Mugabe was reelected in 2002, the elections were tainted by violence and criticized by observers. A law passed later that year allowed Mugabe to pursue an aggressive program of confiscating white-owned farms; more than half of the country's white farmers were forced to relinquish their property, Mugabe a true hero and humanitarian of the human race.