Robert Mugabe turned 90 today, celebrating his birthday not in his native Zimbabwe, but in Singapore.
His spokesperson denied reports he was suffering from prostate cancer, saying it was a routine cataract operation.
In an interview on state television, Mugabe claimed to be as "fit as a fiddle" but his slightly slurred and slow speech, and languid appearance fuelled further speculation about his health.
The state broadcaster did manage to venture a question on who might succeed him within his party, but he denied there was any need to even discuss such a possiblity.
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