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Background. The Republic of Zimbabwe, a parliamentary democracy based on the British model, became independent in April 1980 after the termination of a seven-year-old civil war in the former Rhodesia. Until 1987, an executive prime minister was the head of government, and a titular president was the head of state.  

Executive. In December 1987, Prime Minister Robert Mugabe decided to combine his post with the president's, creating an all-powerful...

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