Zimbabwe’s leader Robert Mugabe has defied Coup plotters by vowing to stay in power as he addressed the nation, despite intensifying pressure on him to stand down.
In a live address on national television, Mr Mugabe said he would preside over the ruling party’s congress in December, despite Zanu-PF sacking him as party leader, giving him less than 24 hours to resign as president – or be impeached.
Mr Mugabe’s 52-year-old wife, Grace, a potential successor the 93 year old Robert Mugabe, was also expelled from the party, alongside a number of other senior officials.
Earlier on Sunday, Mr Mnangagwa was named as Zanu-PF’s new leader and candidate for the 2018 general elections, so it is not clear as to what will happen as Robert Mugabe did not state on his appearance that he will step down, sparking great uncertainty.
The story continues to develop.
by Berk Bektas
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