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Mugabe

Robert. born 1925, Zimbabwean politician; leader of one wing of the Patriotic Front against the government of Ian Smith of Rhodesia, and of the Zanu party; prime minister (1980--87); president from 1988
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The veteran leader, 91, was appointed the African Union chairman on 30 January amid controversy, as some Western countries were said to be lobbying African nations to deny Mugabe, who until the appointment was the AU's deputy chairman, what should have been a routine ascension.
Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe (Jekesai Njikizana/Getty)
This is one likely reason that Mugabe has put his 49-year-old wife, Grace, into substantial prominence despite her legendary lack of political skills.
According to Internet commenter Baba Jukwa, an insider in the ruling Zanu-PF party who uses a Facebook page to expose corruption in the regime, reported rumours that Mugabe had collapsed.
Mugabe told reporters on his return from Mandela's memorial that in fact, the two shared a historical alliance forged on the basis of their fight against racial segregation, imperialism and colonialism.
Bona Mugabe, 24, studied to become a master of science in management (banking and finance) at the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS).
Mugabe insists his party won "a resounding mandate" in the last election and denies allegations of voting fraud.
Mugabe: Accept my re-election or 'commit suicide' Mugabe win leaves Zimbabwe prospects dim Was Zimbabwe's vote free and fair?
In his first public speech since he and his ZANU-PF party were declared overwhelming winners of the July 31 presidential and parliamentary elections, Mugabe dismissed his defeated rivals as "pathetic puppets" and "Western-sponsored stooges".
In 2008 Mugabe lost the first round in a presidential election to Morgan Tsvangirai by 43 percent to 48 percent, based on an official count released more than a month after polls closed.
Mugabe took 62 percent of the presidential vote compared to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai's 34 percent, according to official results.
The commission has announced that Mugabe, 89, won 61% of the vote, while challenger Morgan Tsvangirai took 34%.