In Pictures: The life and career of Robert Mugabe

The former Zimbabwean leader has died at the age of 95.

Press Association
Last updated: 6 September 2019 - 8.30am

Robert Mugabe served as prime minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as president from 1987 to 2017 until he was forced to resign.

His near 40-year leadership of the former British colony was marked with bloodshed, persecution of political opponents and vote-rigging on a large scale.

Here are some of the key moments:

Robert Mugabe presents the Prince of Wales with an Independence Medal at Government House in Salisbury in April 1980 (PA)
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Being sworn in as Zimbabwe’s first executive president by former president Canaan Banana in Harare in December 1987 (Peter Winterbach/AP)
With Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher in October 1988 (PA)
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Escorting the Queen after her arrival at Harare Airport in October 1991 (Gill Allen/AP)
With the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh before a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in May 1994 (PA)
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With US President Bill Clinton at the White House in 1995 (Greg Gibson/AP)
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At his wedding to Grace Marufu, 41 years his junior, at the Kutama Catholic Mission in August 1996 (Joao Silva/AP)
In talks with Prime Minister Tony Blair in Edinburgh in October 1997 (PA)
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Addressing supporters at a rally in Gweru in March 2008 (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP)
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Arriving for the burial of a prominent member of his Zanu-PF party, Misheck Chando, in Harare in October 2009 (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP)
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Delivering his speech at his party’s 13th annual conference, in Gweru, in December 2012 (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP)
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Shaking hands with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai after signing the new constitution into law at State House in Harare in May 2013 (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP)
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Being welcomed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, in November 2015 (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)
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Officiating at a graduation ceremony at Zimbabwe Open University on the outskirts of Harare in November 2017 (Ben Curtis/AP)
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With his wife Grace after a press conference at their residence in Harare in July 2018 (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP)

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