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  Zimbabwe   

The UK annexed Southern Rhodesia from the South Africa Company in 1923. A 1961 constitution was formulated that favored whites in power. In 1965 the government unilaterally declared its independence, but the UK did not recognize the act and demanded more complete voting rights for the black African majority in the country (then called Rhodesia). UN sanctions and a guerrilla uprising finally led to free elections in 1979 and independence (as Zimbabwe) in 1980. Robert MUGABE, the nation's first prime minister, has been the country's only ruler (as president since 1987) and has dominated the country's political system since independence.  Located in Southern Africa, between South Africa and Zambia, Zimbabwe shares ownership of the the massive Victoria Falls which forms the world's largest curtain of falling water during full flood season  (February-April). Population is 11,376,676 with English as the official language.

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