Emmerson Mnangagwa, elected on Sunday as the new leader of Zimbabwe's ruling political party ZANU PF, is poised to take over as the country's president.
Robert Mugabe, was world's oldest head of state, announces his resignation during an impeachment session against him. Thousands pour on streets after the announcement.
Robert Mugabe failed to resign in an address to the nation hours after he was replaced as the head of the ZANU-PF by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the country's vice president who was sacked this earlier month.
Mugabe was the only head of state Zimbabwe has known. His grip on power, which appeared to have been lost with the military's action on November 15, has now officially ended with his resignation.
The military seized power in what it called a targeted operation against "criminals" in President Robert Mugabe’s entourage, making it unclear whether the takeover would bring a formal end to the 93-year-old’s rule.
Tanks rolled into Harare on Tuesday and by Wednesday, the military took over the presidential compound, state broadcaster and airport. The president and his wife are under house arrest.
Denying a coup, the military says it seized power targeting "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe, adding that the 93-year-old leader and his family were "safe and sound." Mugabe is reportedly confined to his home.
A day after the armed forces chief issued a warning to stop the purging of ruling party members, convoys of military vehicles and tanks have been seen heading into Harare.
The warning comes after Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa was dismissed after clashing with veteran President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace, who is now in prime position to succeed her 93-year-old husband.
Mnangagwa was the foremost contender to succeed Mugabe. His abrupt removal appeared to clear the way for Mugabe's wife to take over as president.
The dramatic move came after a tense weekend in which vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa and Grace Mugabe – who were seen as the leading candidates to replace the 93-year-old president – openly traded barbs.
Zimbabwe's first lady barged into a Johannesburg hotel and allegedly assaulted a South African model. In Zimbabwe, however, the greater concern is over what her political aspirations mean for the country.
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