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Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe woos youth vote

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe woos youth vote

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe speaks during the burial of Brigadier General James Murozvi, who was granted national hero status by President Robert Mugabe, at the National Heroes Acre in Harare, on April 12, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images) Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe woos youth vote

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Robert Mugabe, 93, is reaching out to the youth vote

Zimbabwe's 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe has begun a series of rallies across the country in a bid to win the support of young people ahead of elections next year.

A huge crowd has gathered for the rally in a stadium at Marondera, a small town east of the capital, Harare, the state-run Herald newspaper reports.

It adds that the president is planning nine other similar rallies this year.

Mr Mugabe has been in power since 1980 and is due to run again in 2018.

The country has a youthful population with more than 70% under 35, according to the last census.

There have been some recent concerns about the president's health. He has been seen sleeping at several recent meetings but his spokesman said he was resting his eyes.

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