Zimbabwe ruling party tells Mugabe to resign or face ouster


"Yes he has agreed to resign", the source said after Mr. Mugabe's expected television address to the nation was delayed.

But Mugabe delivered his speech alongside the uniformed generals who were behind the military intervention.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane on Friday said the government would be breaking the law if it were to grant embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe asylum.

Mugabe's wife Grace, his deputy Mphoko, secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo, the party's political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere were among the party heavyweights who were expelled from the ruling party, which said it was turning a fresh page.

Mugabe was recalled from the ruling ZANU-PF party as its leader and given until noon Monday to step down or face impeachment.

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The Central Committee meeting opened in the capital Harare with an announcement by its chairman, Obert Mpofu that it would remove Mugabe, a statement that drew a standing ovation from committee members.

Now people in the country are said to be anxious about their country's fate, with more protests planned to put pressure on Mugabe to quit.

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In order for Mnangagwa to take over, the army would first have to persuade Mugabe to reappoint him.

The Guardian leads with Mr Mugabe, saying the ongoing crisis in Zimbabwe has descended into outright chaos.

The powerful and well-connected Mnangagwa has been central to the political movements.

Mnangagwa served as Mugabe's right-hand man throughout his entire leadership, and there are concerns that his rise could mark a continuation of Mugabe's oppressive policies.

Chinamasa said the Zanu PF congress scheduled for December should go ahead only to ratify the decisions that were made yesterday and also to remove the "notion of one centre of power" which had resulted in Mugabe being treated as a deity.

They insisted this was not a military coup, but rather an operation to root out "criminals around (Mugabe) who are committing crimes". The group organized a rally in Harare on Saturday, in which tens of thousands of people turned up to call for him to step down.

"Your time is up", said war veterans' leader Chris Mutsvangwa.

Foreign powers have also largely supported the military's moves so far, with few global voices condemning the apparent coup.

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