Ian Smith

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The Right Honourable
Ian Smith
A black and white photograph of Ian Smith
Smith, photographed c. 1954
8th Prime Minister of Rhodesia
In office
13 April 1964 – 1 June 1979
Preceded by Winston Field
Succeeded by Abel Muzorewa
Leader of the Opposition of Zimbabwe
In office
18 April 1980 – May 1987
President Canaan Banana[1]
Prime Minister Robert Mugabe
Personal details
Born (1919-04-08)8 April 1919
Selukwe, Southern Rhodesia
Died 20 November 2007(2007-11-20) (aged 88)
Cape Town, South Africa
Political party
Alma mater Rhodes University
Religion Presbyterianism
Military service
Service/branch Royal Air Force
Years of service 1941–45
Rank Flight Lieutenant
Battles/wars Second World War

Ian Smith was a politician from Zimbabwe. He was the Prime Minister of Rhodesia.

Smith was the country's first native-born premier. He led the predominantly white government that declared independence from the United Kingdom in 1965.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Oxford DNB.
  2. Cowell, Alan (21). "Ian Smith, Defiant Symbol of White Rule in Africa, Is Dead at 88". New York Times. Retrieved 2 October 2016.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help); Check date values in: |date=, |year= / |date= mismatch (help)