Slow-Motion Coup in Zimbabwe

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on The Sleuth Journal

[image: AP]So far it’s bloodless. ZANU-PF party head Robert Mugabe led the country since 1980 after gaining independence from Britain, first as prime minister, mostly as president.

An end of an era in the African state approaches. On November 14, Zimbabwe’s military took control of the country’s state-run ZBC television, Mugabe placed under house arrest.

On Sunday, he was dismissed as party leader. Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s sacked vice president, replaced him, an announcement saying:

“President Robert Mugabe be and hereby is recalled as first secretary and president of the ZANU-PF party. He is therefore asked to resign forthwith.”

“In the event that the resignation would not have been tendered by midday 20th of November, 2017, the ZANU-PF chief whip was ordered to issue proceedings for the removal of the president in terms of Section 97 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment Number 20.”

The announcement followed an emergency

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