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?

New Nation, New Leader

Once Zimbabwe declared its independence in 1980, Mugabe was elected in 1980. The leader was commended for cooperating with his political rivals and the white minority and tackling the economy in a rational manner.

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