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S. African chain drops 'last dictator' commercial


HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- A South African fast food and restaurant chain says it has withdrawn advertising that depicts the aging, authoritarian Zimbabwe president as "the last dictator standing."

Nando's South Africa said Thursday it noted with concern "political reaction" in Zimbabwe, including threats against managers, staff and customers at its spicy chicken outlets across the country.

It says it will no longer air the advertising on South African television, which is beamed in by satellite to tens of thousands of Zimbabwean subscribers.

On Tuesday, a militant youth group loyal to President Robert Mugabe called for a boycott and other unspecified punitive action against the chain unless the 60-second commercial was dropped and an apology made to Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe to independence in 1980.

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