Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe Through the Decades

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  • Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe through the Decades
  • A Freedom Fighter
  • New Nation, New Leader
  • A Hero or a Tyrant?
  • The Start of the Decline
  • Who Is the Real Mugabe?
  • Voting and Violence
  • President Once More
  • A Changing of the Tide?

A Freedom Fighter

Mugabe gained political recognition in the 1960s as the Secretary General of the Zimbabwe African National Union, a militant group that fought against the white-minority government. As Zimbabwe — referred to then as Rhodesia — struggled for independence, Mugabe was held as a political prisoner for more than 10 years. He is still considered to have been a key figure in the nation’s fight for independence.

(Photo: Mike Stephens/Central Press/Getty Images)

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