1980: Mugabe named prime minister after independence elections
1982: Military action begins in Matabeleland against perceived uprising; government is accused of killing thousands of civilians
1987: Mugabe changes constitution and becomes president
1994: Mugabe receives honorary British knighthood
2008: Mugabe and opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai agree to share power after contested election, Britain's Queen Elizabeth annuls Mugabe's honorary knighthood. Later in 2011, Prime Minister Tsvangirai declares power-sharing a failure amid violence.
2013: Mugabe wins seventh term, opposition alleges election fraud
2016: #ThisFlag protest movement emerges, independence war veterans turn on Mugabe, calling him "dictatorial"
2017: Mugabe begins campaigning for 2018 elections, fires deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa appearing to position first lady Grace Mugabe for vice president post
Nov. 2017: Army announces it has Mugabe and his wife in custody as military appears to take control
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