Robert Mugabe, former Zimbabwe president, dies aged 95

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Final years in power were characterised by financial collapse, violent intimidation and vicious power struggle

Robert Mugabe, the deeply divisive former president of Zimbabwe, was declared a “national hero” by the ruling Zanu-PF party on Friday, as preparations for his funeral got under way in the nation he ruled with an iron first for almost 40 years.

The death of the former president on Thursday night in a clinic in Singapore marks the definitive end of an era in the former British colony.

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