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President Robert Mugabe, one of Africa's most combative and enduring rulers, shows no sign of mellowing with age as he turns 80 on Saturday.

Once hailed as one of the continent's great statesmen for his attempts to reconcile blacks and whites after more than a decade of fighting, he has since been condemned as a tyrant for rekindling racial hatreds and sacrificing his country's economy in a bid to cling to power.

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February 21, 2004 in africa | Permalink