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The World

May 14, 1987

Ian Smith, former prime minister of white-ruled Rhodesia, resigned as head of the white opposition party he has led since the country became independent Zimbabwe under black rule in 1980. But Smith, 68, said he will continue to be active in politics. Smith said he is quitting the party leadership because of the government's "vindictive action" over his remarks in South Africa opposing sanctions against Pretoria.

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