Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe turned 93 on Tuesday, making him the oldest president in Africa and also in the world. He is the only leader most Zimbabweans have ever known, spending nearly 37 years at the helm since independence from Britain.
In the 1960s, he fought against the white minority government of Ian Smith, and was held as a political prisoner for more than 10 years. When Zimbabwe won its independence in 1980, Mugabe became the first prime minister.
Although, he is quite aged now but, still there is no sign of him stepping down. Mugabe has been endorsed by his governing Zanu-PF party as its election candidate for next year, when he will be 94. Grace Mugabe, the leader's wife said that even if he dies, the ruling party should field his corpse in the 2018 election.
Throughout his political career, Mugabe has ruled with an iron fist and has crushed all oppositions. He has often compared himself to Hitler and has been accused of having a racist attitude towards white people. The critics, including the United States, have repeatedly blamed Mugabe for mismanaging the economy and making a once-prosperous southern African country poor. But his supporters in and out of Zimbabwe have always seen him as an African nationalist who has always defended the cause of the continent.
On Robert Mugabe's 93rd birthday, IBTimes Singapore looks back at his life through this gallery.