Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe claims to be "fit as a fiddle" as he celebrates his 88th birthday Tuesday, and insists he has no intention of stepping down anytime soon.
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In a radio interview on Tuesday, Africa's oldest leader revealed that he has no immediate plan to retire, ignoring international criticism of his economic policies and human rights record.
"I have died many times. That's where I have beaten Christ. Christ died once and resurrected once," Mugabe, a self-proclaimed devout Roman Catholic, told state radio as reported by MSN.
The comment was in reference to questions regarding Mugabe's health. A June 2008 leaked U.S. diplomatic cable, published by whistle-blower website Wikileaks in Sept. 2011, stated that Mugabe had prostate cancer and was to die by 2013.
Mugabe has never confirmed the cancer claims, and his supporters, including members of his political party Zanu PF, dismiss them as fiction.
Mugabe attributes his good health to a daily exercise regimen, abstinence from alcohol and tobacco, and maintaining a healthy diet.
SOURCE: Christian Post