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Zimbabwe latest: Ruling Zanu-PF urges Mugabe to step down

Zimbabwe latest: Ruling Zanu-PF urges Mugabe to step down

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Regional branches of Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party have joined growing calls for President Robert Mugabe to resign.The move comes ahead of a protest march to be held in the capital Harare on Saturday, fully supported by the country's military which staged a takeover on Wednesday.War veterans until recently loyal to the 93-year-old president and liberal groups have also urged him to quit.Earlier Mr Mugabe made his first public appearance since the takeover.Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days, but attended a graduation ceremony on Friday, handing out degrees.The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor. Mr Mugabe sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week, apparently to pave the way for his wife Grace Mugabe - who is four decades younger than him - to...
Zimbabwe awaits news on Mugabe's future

Zimbabwe awaits news on Mugabe's future

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceZimbabweans are waiting to see what steps the military will take next after seizing control of the country.President Robert Mugabe is said to be under house arrest but the whereabouts of his wife Grace, who was bidding to succeed him as president, are unknown.South African ministers have been in the capital Harare meeting the army and political parties.The Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional bloc will hold emergency talks on Thursday. President Mugabe, 93, has been in control of Zimbabwe since it gained independence from Britain in 1980.But the power struggle over who might succeed him, between Mrs Mugabe and her rival former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, has split the ruling Zanu-PF party in recent months.Last week, Mr Mu...
Youth wing leader says sorry amid Zimbabwe 'coup'

Youth wing leader says sorry amid Zimbabwe 'coup'

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The head of the African Union has said the takeover of Zimbabwe by the country's military "seems like a coup".The army chiefs who seized the capital, including the presidential palace and the state broadcaster early on Wednesday, claimed they had not carried out a coup.President Robert Mugabe is believed to be under house arrest despite an army claim that he was "safe".The Zimbabwean army said it took Mr Mugabe and his wife Grace into custody but there are unconfirmed and disputed reports that the first lady has fled the country and may be in Namibia.United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for calm, non-violence and restraint after gunfire and explosions were heard near Mr Mugabe's compound.Armoured vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and th...
Zimbabwe: Army chief accused of 'treasonable conduct'

Zimbabwe: Army chief accused of 'treasonable conduct'

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Zimbabwe's ruling party has accused the country's army chief of "treasonable conduct" after he warned of a possible military intervention in politics.General Constantino Chiwenga had challenged President Robert Mugabe after he sacked the vice-president.Gen Chiwenga said the army was prepared to act to end purges within Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.The party said the general's comments were "calculated to disturb national peace... [and] incite insurrection".In a statement, the party said it would never succumb to military threats, and that it "reaffirms the primacy of politics over the gun".The statement was signed by SK Moyo, the information secretary, on party letterheaded paper.Mr Mugabe sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week, amid a row over succession. Mr Mnangagwa had previou...
American accused of tweeting about Zimbabwe president released from jail

American accused of tweeting about Zimbabwe president released from jail

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Nov. 10 (UPI) -- An American citizen was released from a Zimbabwe jail on $ 1,000 bail Friday after her arrest last week for allegedly calling President Robert Mugabe a "sick and selfish man" on Twitter, her lawyer said.Martha O'Donovan, 25, was released from the Chikurubi maximum security prison outside the capital of Harare."She has been released to U.S. Embassy officials. That's all we can say," Kumbirai Mafunda, a spokesman for Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, told CNN.Authorities arrested O'Donovan on Nov. 4 during a dawn raid at her Harare residence. Police confiscated her electronic devices, including her laptop.O'Donovan, who works for Magamba TV, a satirical comedy station, was charged with insulting the president and subversion, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in pri...