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Mugabe deputy John Nkomo dies after cancer battle

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

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...more

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
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John Nkomo, then National Chairman of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU (PF) party, is seen in this September 2003 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 President Robert Mugabe, who has his own health problems. Nkomo, 78, was nominated for the joint number two position alongside Joice Mujuru two years after a fractious meeting of the southern African nation's ruling ZANU-PF party. REUTERS/Howard Burditt/Files

John Nkomo, then National Chairman of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU (PF) party, is seen in this September 2003 file photo. Zimbabwean Vice-President Nkomo died in South Africa on January 17, 2013 after years of battling cancer, a Zimbabwean political source...more

John Nkomo, then National Chairman of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU (PF) party, is seen in this September 2003 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 President Robert Mugabe, who has his own health problems. Nkomo, 78, was nominated for the joint number two position alongside Joice Mujuru two years after a fractious meeting of the southern African nation's ruling ZANU-PF party. REUTERS/Howard Burditt/Files
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Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (L) and Vice President John Nkomo arrive for the opening of the 4th Session of the 7th Parliament in Harare September 6, 2011. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (L) and Vice President John Nkomo arrive for the opening of the 4th Session of the 7th Parliament in Harare September 6, 2011. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (L) and Vice President John Nkomo arrive for the opening of the 4th Session of the 7th Parliament in Harare September 6, 2011. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
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