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At 91, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe is a Frequent Flyer

Christopher Torchia | AP   in 
June 13, 2015

JOHANNESBURG (AP) โ€” The African president has his hands firmly on the reins of government at home and is frequently on the move, flying around the globe.

At age 91, Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe shows few signs of slowing down amid periodic speculation about whether he is ill or in decline.

Cabinet ministers from both his party and the opposition who have worked with him say he pays immense attention to detail regarding policies, laws and the national budget. During negotiations ahead of a new constitution in 2013, Mugabe sat with his party’s key leaders for as long as 10 hours, scouring through each clause.

This weekend, he will preside as chairman of the African Union over a meeting in Johannesburg of leaders from around the continent. The talks could focus on political unrest in Burundi, the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and African migrants fleeing conflict.

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