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Mugabe deputy John Nkomo dies after cancer battle


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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (L) walks with his newly sworn-in Vice President John Nkomo (R) at the State House in the capital Harare in this December 14, 2009 file photo. Zimbabwean Vice-President Nkomo died in South Africa on January 17, 2013 after years of battling cancer, a Zimbabwean political source said, removing a potential successor to ageing Mugabe, who has his own health problems. Nkomo, 78, was nominated for the joint number two position alongside Joice Mujuru two years ago after a fractious meeting of the southern African nation's ruling ZANU-PF party. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/Files