Zimbabwe's Mugabe off to Singapore for medical checkup

Zimbabwe's Mugabe off to Singapore for medical checkup

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has left for Singapore for a medical checkup just days after celebrating his 93rd birthday.

Spokesman George Charamba told state media on Wednesday that the checkup is a scheduled one and that Mugabe is expected to return early next week. The president has received treatment in Singapore in the past.

Mugabe is the world's oldest head of state. Concerns have been growing as he shows signs of slowing down.

The president insists he will run again in elections next year and recently declared that most Zimbabweans think nobody can replace him. He has not indicated a successor, and he has said he would like to live until he's 100 and rule for life.

The uncertainty adds to stress in this once-prosperous country whose economy has collapsed.

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