Former President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has died
The former Zimbabwean President has died at the age of 95.
Robert Mugabe, the man who acted as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987, and then as President from 1987 to 2017, has died.
Current president Emmerson Mnangagwa announced Mugabe's death on Twitter, describing him as an "icon of liberation", whose "contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten".
Cde Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in eternal peace (2/2)
— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) September 6, 2019
Mugabe was the world's oldest head of state before his dramatic exit two years ago.
He famously appeared on national television and was expected to resign, before shocking the world by saying that he would in fact remain in power.
He was forced to resign in 2017, after his own party betrayed him during a military takeover.
He was initially praised as a revolutionary and a reformer, but he went on to oversee a series of financial crises and political repression throughout his country.