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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Zimbabwe Politics: Zanu-PF Sacks Mugabe as Leader, Appoint Mnangagwa

mugabe and wife
Mugabe and wife.

Zimbabwe's ruling party has sacked Robert Mugabe as its leader, as pressure intensifies for him to step down as president.
Zanu-PF has also given Mr Mugabe, 93, until 10:00 GMT on Monday to resign as president, or face impeachment.

He is due to address the nation shortly, after he met military leaders who have called on him to step down.
The military intervened last week, in an apparent attempt to block him from installing his wife as his successor.

The first lady, Grace Mugabe, and several other senior officials have been expelled from the party altogether.
Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans attended street protests on Saturday, demonstrating against the Mugabes.

No details of the talks between Mr Mugabe and the military leaders have been released. However, photos posted by the state-run Herald newspaper show the two sides - who also met several days ago - shaking hands.

Mr Mugabe was said to be seeking more time to negotiate his exit after nearly four decades in power.
State-run Zimbabwe TV said he would "address the nation live from the State House", his official residence, shortly.

Cheering erupted when the decision to dismiss Mr Mugabe as party leader was announced in Harare on Sunday.
Zanu-PF appointed ex-Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired by Mr Mugabe two weeks ago, in his place.

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