How Mugabe managed to remain in power for 37 years

Robert Mugabe made a career of outmanoeuvring political rivals, but his last efforts made against his former lieutenant Emmerson Mnangagwa led to his downfall.


    Robert Mugabe's days of exercising unchallenged power are over.

    After 37 years of deftly outmanoeuvring potential rivals and maintaining his control of Zimbabwe, Mugabe found it hard to let go.

    He had successfully removed other political opponents in the past, but his efforts to remove Emmerson Mnangagwa to clear the way for his wife, Grace, went too far and upset the military.

    Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan takes a look now at the life and career of the veteran Zimbabwean leader.


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