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In pictures: Mugabe's birthday party

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe eats cake at his birthday celebrations

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 85th birthday in Chinhoyi, north-west of Harare, at a lavish party thrown by supporters. Here he eats cake with his son Chatunga.

The birthday cake at Robert Mugabe's party

The president's butlers prepared the cake. Mr Mugabe has ruled the landlocked African state since independence in 1980.

Mr Mugabe with his wife and two sons cutting the cake

Mr Mugabe cut the cake with the help of his wife and two sons Robert Junior Mugabe (Centre L) and Chatunga (R).

Robert Mugabe clutches birthday balloons

The Zimbabwean president released balloons for the occasion. Critics lambasted him for the party, as up to 90% of the country is thought to be without a regular job.

Supporters celebrate at Robert Mugabe's birthday party

Supporters sang and danced. Elsewhere in Zimbabwe, at least half of the country is dependant on food aid.

Robert Mugabe with his wife Grace at the party

Mr Mugabe was accompanied by his wife Grace. He used the party to warn white farmers to give up their land.



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