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Supporters Plan $250,000 Birthday Bash for Mugabe

Supporters of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe have raised $250,000 to throw him a lavish birthday party, Saturday.

The state-run Herald newspaper says Mr. Mugabe's 85th birthday will be celebrated in the town of Chinhoyi, north of the capital Harare.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, the president's longtime rival, plans to attend the event.

The two men recently entered into a unity government under intense pressure from regional leaders.

Mr. Tsvangirai has criticized the president's birthday parties in the past, saying they waste money in a country crippled by poverty and food shortages.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.