Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday, by throwing 90 balloons into the air.
The elderly leader who had just arrived from Singapore for treatment told his subjects that he felt strong like a young boy.
“I feel as youthful and energetic as a boy of nine,” Mugabe said, before cutting his cake.
“At times I think of how I have survived over the years, escaping death, many of my friends and relatives have died. It saddens me at times, but at the same time you are happy that you have turned 90,” Mugabe told the crowd.
In a speech that lasted more than an hour, Mugabe also told the crowd at a stadium in the small farming town of Marondera, 100 kms (65 miles) east of Harare that the election win for his Zanu-PF party last year had confounded his critics in the west. “Those opponents of ours who had imposed sanctions on us were baffled,” he said.
“The truth is Zanu-PF won, Zanu-PF had the support. Zanu-PF had the message, had the history, Zanu-PF has the people.”
Before his speech, ambassadors from China and Russia presented Mugabe with messages of congratulation from their presidents.
Mugabe turned 90 on Friday but was in Singapore for eye surgery at the time.