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Ian Smith

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Smith, photographed c. 1954
8th Prime Minister of Rhodesia
In office
13 April 1964 – 1 June 1979
  • Clifford Dupont (1970–75)
  • John Wrathall (1976–78)
Preceded by Winston Field
Succeeded by Abel Muzorewa
Leader of the Opposition of Zimbabwe
In office
18 April 1980 – May 1987
President Canaan Banana
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
  • Liberal (1948–53)
  • United Federal (1953–61)
  • Rhodesian Front and successors (1962–87)
Alma mater Rhodes University
Military service
Branch/service Royal Air Force
Years of service 1941–45
Rank Flight Lieutenant
Battles/wars Second 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.

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