Zimbabwe’s president marks 90 years

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HARARE, Zimbabwe — Marking his 90th birthday, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said he is not ready to retire.

‘‘Why should it [retirement] be discussed when it is not due?’’ he said in an interview broadcast on state television. ‘‘The leadership still exists that runs the country. In other words I am still there . . . When the day comes and I retire . . . I do not want to leave my party in tatters. I want to leave it intact.’’

Mugabe claimed he is ‘‘fit as a fiddle,’’ but appeared frail in the prerecorded televised interview, at times stumbling over his words and slumping in his chair. Mugabe’s actual birthday was Friday when he was in Singapore for cataract surgery. He will celebrate his birthday at a sports stadium Sunday.

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