Robert Mugabe To Meet With Army Chief On His Future

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is to meet the army chief amid intense pressure for him to step down.

Mediation will be led by a Catholic priest, state TV said. Mr Robert Mugabe has largely been confined to his house since the army took over on Wednesday.
The governing Zanu-PF party is also meeting to discuss whether to dismiss their founder and long-term leader.

The army intervened after Mr Mugabe, 93, fired his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mr Mnangagwa’s dismissal made Mr Mugabe’s wife Grace front runner to become next president. He is likely to be reinstated as vice-president when Zanu-PF convene.

Mr Mugabe has led Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.
Why Mugabe still commands respect
What next for Robert and Grace Mugabe?

What we know so far

Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets on Saturday to celebrate the army’s takeover and to urge Mr Mugabe to quit.
They tore pictures of Mr Mugabe and marched to his office and residence.
The military says it will advise the public on the outcome of talks “as soon as possible”.

How did we get here?

Soldiers seized the headquarters of Zimbabwe’s national broadcaster ZBC on Wednesday.
An army official, Maj Gen Sibusiso Moyo, then read out a statement on national television, assuring the nation that President Mugabe and his family were safe.

On Friday, Mr Mugabe made his first public appearance since being put under house arrest, speaking at a university.
Grace Mugabe was not present. It had been thought she had left the country but it emerged on Thursday that she was at home with Mr Mugabe.

Source: BBC

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