Mugabe bows out at 93

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November 22, 2017
Robert Mugabe

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP):

Africa is riveted by the drama that has left long time Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe resisting calls to step down even while under military house arrest. Many across the continent have known no other leader of the once-prosperous southern African nation but the 93-year-old Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state. Here is a look at his more than three decades in power.

1980: Mugabe named prime minister after independence elections.

1982: Military action begins in Matabeleland against perceived uprising; government is accused of killing thousands of civilians.

1987: Mugabe changes constitution and becomes president.

1994: Mugabe receives honorary British knighthood.

2000: Land seizures of white-owned farms begin; Western donors cut off aid

2005: United States calls Zimbabwe an "outpost of tyranny".

2008: Mugabe and opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirayi agree to share power after contested election; Britain's Queen Elizabeth II annuls Mugabe's honorary knighthood.

2011: Prime Minister Tsvangirayi declares power-sharing a failure amid violence.

2013: Mugabe wins seventh term; opposition alleges election fraud

2017: Mugabe begins campaigning for 2018 elections.

Nov 6: Mugabe fires deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, appearing to position first lady Grace Mugabe for vice-president post.

Nov 15: Army announces it has Mugabe and his wife in custody as military appears to take control.

Nov 21: Mugabe steps down.

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