Robert Mugabe Is Ousted From His Ruling Party in Zimbabwe
After hours of closed-door deliberations, Zimbabwe’s governing party on Sunday expelled its leader, President Robert Mugabe, 93, as he remained locked in negotiations at the State House with the country’s army generals about his departure.
The stunning rebuke by Mr. Mugabe’s own governing party, ZANU-PF, after emergency talks at its headquarters in the capital, Harare, came a day after thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets to celebrate his continuing fall from power after a military takeover.
Campaign to force out Mugabe escalates in Zimbabwe
By Chris Marsden
18 November 2017
Zimbabwe’s war veterans’ association is staging a march today through the capital, Harare, demanding the resignation of President Robert Mugabe. Tens of thousands are expected to take part after all ten of the country’s provincial Zimbabwe African National Union–Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) branches passed motions of no confidence in Mugabe.
Mugabe refused to step down yesterday and was briefly released from house arrest to make his first public appearance since the army staged a palace coup early Wednesday.
His appearance in the role of chancellor of the Open University at a graduation ceremony in Harare was designed to lend an appearance of normalcy to an enforced transition of power to the faction of the ruling ZANU-PF led by its former vice president, Emmanuel Mnangagwa. The president’s wife, Grace Mugabe, was not present at the ceremony.
Zimbabwe: Mugabe and military talks continue amid political limbo
By: Jason Burke / Source: The Guardian / The Dawn News / November 16, 2017
Zimbabwe remains in political limbo a day-and-a-half after the military takeoverthat appears to have put an end to Robert Mugabe’s 37-year grip on power.
As talks between Mugabe – who has been confined to his residence in Harare by the army, and senior military officers – entered a second day, there were reports that he is resisting pressure to resign as president. A Catholic priest close to the veteran leader is involved in mediation efforts.
The Zimbabwean capital was tense but calm amid the political uncertainty. Troops have secured the airport, government offices, parliament and other key sites. The rest of the country has remained peaceful. The takeover has been cautiously welcomed by many Zimbabweans.