Robert Mugabe, Former President Of Zimbabwe, Dead At 95

The former president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has died, according to a tweet by his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday. He was 95.

“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,” Mnangagwa wrote.

Mugabe died after battling ill health, the BBC reported on Friday, citing his family.

He was the first post-independence leader of Zimbabwe, and took power in 1980 after the white minority rule ended.

Discontent spread toward the end of his rule amid economic turmoil that were worsened by international sanctions. Large street protests for his resignation spread and impeachment procedures by the parliament took place, ending with a coup that saw the military take control of the country after Mugabe was placed under house arrest.

His 37-year rule concluded in 2017 when he was forced to resign.

Mugabe was known, both at home and overseas, as a power-hungry autocrat. When he finally resigned, there were wild celebrations in the streets of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital. Mnangagwa succeeded him in November 2017.

The ailing Mugabe spent his remaining years shuttling between medical facilities in Singapore and his mansion in Harare, Reuters reported, saying the former oppressor died in Singapore.

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