Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses his staff during a surprise birthday celebration event at State House in Harare, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, the world's oldest leader, hosts lavish celebrations to mark his 92nd birthday Saturday at a time of severe drought and increasing friction over his succession.Mugabe, who turned 92 last Sunday, has ruled for 36 years during an era marked by vote-rigging, mass emigration, accusations of human rights abuses and economic decline.The scale of the celebrations, costing a reported $800,000 this year, attract annual controversy in Zimbabwe, which recently declared a "state of disaster" due to the drought and widespread food shortages.Last year, Mugabe's 91st birthday celebrations included a cake that weighed 91 kilograms (200 pounds).
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