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HARARE, The world's longest serving and oldest head of government, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe says he has no plans to quit politics.

Thousands of government supporters converged in Matabeleland for Saturday's birthday bash and show of strength for the ruling ZANU-PF party. Mugabe, who turned 93, told the crowd he had no intention of stepping down.

"People who are busy forming their own groupings saying Mr Mugabe must go. I ask myself where should I go?" Mugabe, who has been in power for 37 years, said in a speech that was broadcast on state radio and television.

Speaking for over an hour, Mugabe said he would not impose his successor and that if ZANU-PF party felt he should retire, it would hold an extraordinary congress to choose a new leader.

"Others are saying 'President, choose a successor before you retire'. Is that not imposition? Me imposing someone on the party? No, I don't want that," Mugabe said.

"This is an issue for the congress to choose. We can have an extraordinary congress if the president retires but you said I should be your candidate in the next election."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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