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Mugabe: Tale of liberation and oppressionWhen he came to power, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe was feted as an African liberation hero in a nation that had endured nearly a century of white colonial rule. Mugabe has not been seen since the military seized power in the early hours of Wednesday, targeting "criminals" around the veteran president.Educated and urbane, Mugabe took power after seven years of a liberation bush war. Mugabe has said he wants to seek another five years in office and last week he dismissed his putative successor, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, in a boost for Mugabe's wife Grace, 52, also seen as a contender but whose whereabouts are unclear.Mugabe travels frequently to Singapore for medical treatment as age has taken its toll.After the long bush war ended, Mugabe was elected as the nation's first black prime minister.It was not long before Mugabe began to suppress challengers such as liberation war rival Joshua Nkomo.
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