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African Union lets SADC bloc take lead on Zimbabwe

  Washington, United States | AFP | The African Union will allow Zimbabwe’s southern neighbors in the SADC regional bloc to mediate in the political crisis there, a senior official told reporters after talks in Washington. Smail Chergui, the AU commissioner for peace and security, said the union hopes the Zimbabwean …

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US says people of Zimbabwe must choose own government

Washington, United States | AFP | US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that the people of Zimbabwe must be allowed to choose their own government through democratic elections, after the military took power. “We all should work together for a quick return to a civilian rule in that …

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Mugabe defiant in talks with army

Mugabe refuses to stand down in talks with military Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state, refused to resign during a crunch meeting Thursday with military generals who have seized control of the country. The talks in Harare came after tumultuous days …

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Embattled Mugabe meets regional envoys in Harare

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai called on Thursday for President Robert Mugabe to step down after the military took control of the country. “In the interest of the people of Zimbabwe, Mr Robert Mugabe must resign,” Tsvangirai said, calling for a negotiated process to ease …

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US urges ‘all Zimbabwean leaders’ to show restraint

Washington, United States | AFP | The United States expressed concern on Wednesday over the political crisis in Zimbabwe, where the military has apparently placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest. A State Department official said the US embassy in Harare has been closed to the public as a safety precaution …

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‘I think the army are in negotiations with Mugabe and Mnangagwa’

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP |  Zimbabwe’s military remained in control of the country on Thursday morning, with President Robert Mugabe still under house arrest and the generals believed to be negotiating the return of sacked vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa. “I think the army are in negotiations with Mugabe and Mnangagwa,” Derek Matyszak, an …

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Zimbabweans elated but cautious as Mugabe flounders

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | On Harare’s streets, many expressed amazement and delight Wednesday that President Robert Mugabe’s long reign may be coming to a close, but people also admitted the future looked unstable. Mugabe, 93, has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980 — longer than many can remember — and the sudden …

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Mnangagwa: Zimbabwe’s leader in waiting?

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Emmerson Mnangagwa appears well-placed to return to a leading role in Zimbabwe following the army’s takeover in response to President Robert Mugabe’s sacking of the former vice president. Nicknamed “Ngwena” (The Crocodile) because of his fearsome power and ruthlessness, the 75-year-old has a reputation for taking …

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ZIMBABWE: UK voices hope but warns against a new ‘tyrant’

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Britain on Wednesday expressed cautious optimism after the military took control of Zimbabwe, but warned against any transition “from one unelected tyrant to the next”. “The situation is still fluid, and we would urge restraint on all sides because we want to see and …

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Mugabe under house arrest

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP |  Zimbabwe’s military was in control of the country on Wednesday as President Robert Mugabe said he was under house arrest, although generals denied staging a coup. Neighbouring South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, one of Mugabe’s closest allies, said he had spoken to the veteran leader …

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