While reaction to longtime leader Robert Mugabe's death has been mixed in Zimbabwe, his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa has not minced words in awarding him the status of a "national hero".
"The late departed icon will be eternally remembered and honoured for the bold and historic land reform programme which he undertook," Mnangagwa said on Friday, in a televised address to the nation.
Mugabe, 95, passed away on Friday morning in Singapore, where he was seeking treatment.
Speaking at the State House in capital Harare hours after officially announcing Mugabe's death, Mnangagwa called the late former president a "comrade, liberator, founder and leader".
Mnangagwa said the ruling ZANU-PF party had decided to give the controversial former ruler a "national hero status", the country's highest posthumous honour.
He also declared a period of national mourning until Mugabe's body is buried, but did not specify when the funeral would be held.
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