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  Ian Smith, ex-PM of Rhodesia, dies
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Last EditedThomas Walker  Nov 20, 2007 02:44pm
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News DateTuesday, November 20, 2007 08:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionHARARE, Zimbabwe - Ian Smith, Rhodesia's last white prime minister whose attempts to resist black rule dragged the country now known as Zimbabwe into isolation and civil war, has died at age 88.

Smith, who recently suffered a stroke, died at a clinic near Cape Town, South Africa, according to longtime friend Sam Whaley, who was a senator in the former Rhodesia.

Smith unilaterally declared independence from Britain on Nov. 11, 1965. He then served as the prime minister of Rhodesia from 1965 to 1979 during white minority rule. The country failed to gain international recognition, and United Nations economic sanctions were instituted.
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