Zimbabwe’s ruling party fires Mugabe as leader

Only a few days after the military coup which took stripped Robert Mugabe from his position as President of the African nation, Zanu-PF has sacked the ninety-three year old as party leader. Instead, former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa – who had been sacked by Mugabe two weeks ago in an attempt to ease his wife’s move into power – has been appointed as new leader. The first lady, Grace Mugabe, has been expelled from the party altogether.

The decision was taken on Sunday during a Zanu-PF meeting. Reporters say that cheering erupted as the resolution was announced. The move has yet to be formalised, but it further increases the pressure on Mugabe that has been building over the past few days. There are now suggestions which call to impeach him as president if he does not resign voluntarily.

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