Saturday 21 September 2019

Mugabe resists call to resign

HARARE, November 17, 2017

Zimbabwe's long-time President Robert Mugabe, put under house arrest by the military, is reportedly refusing to step down immediately, despite growing calls for his resignation, a BBC report said.
The military said on Friday it was "engaging" with the 93-year-old leader.
It also said progress had been made in targeting "criminals" around the president, but did not elaborate.
In a televised statement, the military said it would advise the nation on the outcome of talks with Mugabe "as soon as possible".
Mugabe held talks on Thursday with regional envoys and the army chief. Sources say he has so far refused to agree to move aside.
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said earlier it was "in the interests of the people" that Mugabe "resign... immediately".
The army moved in after Mugabe last week sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, signalling that he favoured his wife Grace Mugabe to take over his Zanu-PF party and thus the presidency.

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