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Noon deadline looms for defiant Mugabe as Zimbabwe crisis deepens

20 Novembre 2017

There is growing speculation that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe read the wrong speech during his address on live television on Sunday evening. Flanked by the country's top brass, his speech left Zimbabweans shocked after he remained defiant in clinging to the presidency.

They said impeachment proceedings would begin if he does not resign by noon Monday. The military was quick to dismiss suggestions that a coup had occurred, saying it was conducting an operation against the enemies of Mugabe who was being kept "safe" in military custody.

"It would have looked extremely bad if he had resigned in front of those generals. He's playing a game", he told Reuters.

Mr Mugabe was stripped of his party leadership on Sunday by the Central Committee of the ruling Zanu-PF but said in his speech he would preside over a party congress next month.

Senator David Coltart is a Zimbabwean politician and long-term opponent of Zanu-PF.

In scenes redolent of Zimbabwe's independence in 1980, crowds thronged the cities, waving national flags and chanting for Mugabe to resign.

While we are thankful for the role played by these kingmakers, we must not allow a situation whereby the emerging civilian leaders feel beholden to those who ushered them into power. "Save the country further turmoil". "This time there will be a sit-in".

The opposition MDC-T party has tried unsuccessfully to impeach Mr Mugabe in the past, but this time the ruling party - which has an overwhelming majority in both houses - is likely to go against him. "He's lost his marbles".

Basically, impeachment is a fundamental constitutional power belonging to Parliament of removing a sitting president or judge from office.

However, the impeachment process could take weeks.

"They never rush to courts to stop state visits of US presidents to our country despite their records of human rights violations in Iraq‚ Afghanistan and Libya".

Robert Mugabe's dismissal of his vice-president and longtime ally Emmerson Mnangagwa may prove to be his downfall.

The military had been prompted to act by Mugabe's decision to sack Mnangagwa, Grace Mugabe's main rival to succeed her husband.

Remedzai didn't want to give his last name, or even his municipality, over fears for the safety of friends in Zimbabwe. "Mnangagwa be appointed interim president pending ratification by the extraordinary congress scheduled for December....the extraordinary congress should proceed for the goal of ratifying the decision we have taken this afternoon", said Chinamasa.

Noon deadline looms for defiant Mugabe as Zimbabwe crisis deepens