African Union Chairman falls down stairs in front of 100s of supporters

Harare – Zimbabwe’s 90-year-old President Robert Mugabe fell down a staircase on Wednesday as he walked off a podium after addressing supporters at Harare International Airport, an AFP corrrespondent said.

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He had just returned from Ethiopia where he took over the rotating chairmanship of the African Union.

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Africa’s oldest leader, who turns 91 later this month, had concluded his homecoming speech when he tumbled to his knees on a short flight of stairs in an incident witnessed by journalists and hundreds of supporters.

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He was quickly helped up by aides and walked to a waiting car.

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Mugabe took over the post of African Union chair on Friday, replacing Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

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The former liberation war hero is Africa’s third-longest serving leader.