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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Celebrates 90th Birthday With $1M Party

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President Robert Mugabe, center left, his wife Grace, daughter Bona and her fiance Sam Chikoore cut his birthday cake during celebrations to mark his 90th Birthday in Marondera about 100 kilometres east of Harare, Sunday, February, 23, 2014. Mugabe who is Africa's oldest leader has been in power in the Southern African nation since 1980. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / AP

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe told crowds celebrating his 90th birthday on Sunday that he was "made to feel as youthful and energetic as a boy of nine."

Lauded as a liberation hero by some and condemned by others as a human rights abuser, Mugabe has spent more than a third of his life as leader of the southern African nation.

The event at the 50,000-seat stadium in Marondera was held a few days after his birthday due to a trip he made to Singapore for what aides said was a cataract operation. It is estimated to have cost $1 million.

— Reuters, The Associated Press