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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Mr Mugabe turned 85 on 21 February but his party is being held a week later.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe eats cake at his birthday celebrations
Mr Mugabe marked his birthday with a cake reportedly weighing 85kg (187lb)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has vowed to continue seizing land from white farmers after a spate of "farm invasions" over the past month.
Speaking at a rally to celebrate his 85th birthday, he also promised to push for majority Zimbabwean ownership of companies operating in the country. 
Mugabe supporters raised $250,000 (£176,000) for a lavish birthday party in Chinhoyi, north-west of Harare. 
Zimbabwe asked African states for $2bn (£1.4bn) in economic aid just days ago.[read more]

[ related article : Tsvangirai may not attend Mugabe's fete ]

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