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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in a photo taken Aug. 25, 2013.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in a photo taken Aug. 25, 2013.
(TSVANGIRAYI MUKWAZHI/Associated Press)

GEOFFREY YORK

Nearly 90, Mugabe still driving Zimbabwe’s economy into the ground

With his usual lavish birthday party, Robert Mugabe will celebrate his 90th birthday in February. He is one of the world’s longest-reigning autocrats, entering his 34th year as ruler of Zimbabwe next year. You would think he might be ready for retirement. You would be wrong.

After a manipulated triumph in national elections this year, Mr. Mugabe seems more ambitious than ever. Having ousted the opposition from a coalition government, his domination is complete. His supporters are boasting that he could rule until the age of 100.