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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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Zuma speaks out on Zimbabwe

S.Africa demands no ‘unconstitutional’ change of Zimbabwe govt Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  South Africa on Wednesday urged neighbouring Zimbabwe to resist any “unconstitutional changes” of government as President Robert Mugabe’s grip on power appeared threatened by the military. President Jacob Zuma “has expressed hope that developments in Zimbabwe …

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Full statement by Zimbabwe Army on TV today

Harare, Zimbabwe | THE INDEPENDENT | Text of statement read out Wednesday by the Zimbabwe army. “Good morning Zimbabwe. Fellow Zimbabweans. Following the address we made on 13 November 2017, which we believe our main broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and the Herald were directed not to publicise, the situation in …

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Military takes to streets in Zimbabwe but denies coup

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Military vehicles took to the streets of the Zimbabwean capital and prolonged gunfire was heard near the presidential residence early Wednesday as questions mounted over Robert Mugabe’s grip on power, even as the army denied a coup in a state broadcast. Tensions between the 93-year-old …

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Zimbabwe army says troop movement not a coup

Zimbabwe military deny takeover in state TV address Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Zimbabwean military officers read an address live on state TV in the early hours of Wednesday, saying they were not launching a coup but were “targeting criminals around” President Robert Mugabe. “It is not a military takeover …

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ZIMBABWE: Chiwenga action is treason, says ZANU PF

Mugabe’s party accuses army chief of ‘treasonable conduct’ Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP |  Zimbabwe’s ruling party on Tuesday accused the army chief of “treasonable conduct” after he challenged President Robert Mugabe over the sacking of the vice president, in the latest sign of worsening instability in the country. The ZANU-PF …

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ZIMBABWE: Tanks seen rolling into Harare

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP |  Several tanks were seen moving on the outskirts of the Zimbabwean capital Harare Tuesday, witnesses told AFP, a day after the army warned it could intervene over a purge of ruling party officials. “I saw a long convoy of military vehicles, including tanks, about an …

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