Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe, 95, has been in hospital in Singapore since April, his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa has said.
Mr Mugabe was making “good progress” and could be discharged soon, Mr Mnangagwa added.
He did not disclose Mr Mugabe’s illness. In November, he said the ex-president was unable to walk because of ill-health and old age.
Mr Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for 38 years until he was forced to resign in 2017.
The military had placed him under house arrest, and parliament had threatened to impeach him after accusing him of allowing his wife, Grace, to “usurp constitutional power”.
His resignation opened the way for Mr Mnangagwa, his former deputy, to take power
Mr Mugabe regularly travels to Singapore for medical check-ups but “unlike in the past when the former president would require just about a month for this, his physicians this time around determined that he be kept under observation for much longer”, Mr Mnangagwa said in a statement.
Many Zimbabwean politicians go abroad for medical treatment because of the poor state of the country’s health services.
Mugabe says he doesn’t want to give his successor the platform to preside over his burial.
Former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has reportedly instructed his family members that he doesn’t want his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa to attend his burial.
According to a Zimbabwean news platform, iHarare, the ex-president said he does not wish to be buried at the National cemetery. Rather, he chose to be buried at his home in Zvimba next to his late mother.
Mugabe was also reported to have said he does not want to give President Mnangagwa and his associates the platform to preside over his funeral.