The country was suspended from the Commonwealth in March 2002 at the height of its controversial Land Reform Programme under the leadership of the late former President Robert Mugabe.
It was later removed in 2004 following violent land seizures in 2000 where white commercial farmers were removed to make way for black indigenous farmers.
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