Ian Smith

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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 byWinston Field
Succeeded byAbel Muzorewa
Leader of the Opposition of Zimbabwe
In office
18 April 1980 – May 1987
PresidentCanaan Banana[1]
Prime MinisterRobert Mugabe
Personal details
Born(1919-04-08)8 April 1919
Selukwe, Southern Rhodesia
Died20 November 2007(2007-11-20) (aged 88)
Cape Town, South Africa
Political party
Alma materRhodes University
Military service
Branch/serviceRoyal Air Force
Years of service1941–45
RankFlight Lieutenant
Battles/warsSecond World War

Ian Smith was a politician from Rhodesia. 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 November 2007). "Ian Smith, Defiant Symbol of White Rule in Africa, Is Dead at 88". New York Times. Retrieved 2 October 2016.