File - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace hold hands during his 93rd birthday celebrations in Matopos in this Saturday, Feb, 28, 2017 photo.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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Now Grace Mugabe is stirring speculation that she wants to succeed her 93-year-old husband as leader.Many in Zimbabwe have had no other president.The constitution says the senior of two vice presidents would take office if the president dies, resigns or is removed from power, but Grace Mugabe's feuds with some ruling ZANU-PF party factions have many people doubting that a leadership change would go by the book.Mugabe was a leader of the fight against white minority rule in Rhodesia, which became Zimbabwe after independence in 1980, and sparred with the West following its criticism of his land grabs from white farmers and its sanctions against the president, his wife and associates.Jenni Williams, a human rights activist who has been arrested many times in Zimbabwe, speculated that there is a "political basis" in the relationship between the Mugabes, though Grace has a "separate, additional role" as the mother of her husband's three children.Grace split with her own husband, and her wedding to Mugabe in 1996 was attended by Nelson Mandela and other African leaders.
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