Military Seize - Zimbabwe


Military seizes key sites in Zimbabwe’s capital


20/11/2017, 15:17 - On the evening of 14 November, Zimbabwe was placed under military rule with President Robert Mugabe and other cabinet ministers under house arrest in the capital city of Harare. The military temporarily discontinued the upcoming elections and have maintained control of the country with many Zimbabweans and members of the international community hopeful that this marks the beginning of a transition of power.

The military have assured citizens of their commitment to the independence of the judiciary, democracy, and the rule of law. On 19 November, in a TV address President Robert Mugabe stated that he has no intention to resign, saying, “The (ruling ZANU-PF) party congress is due in a few weeks and I will preside over its processes”. This is a developing story. 


22/11/2017, 09:00 - On 21 November, Robert Mugabe resigned without force after 37 years of autocratic rule. The 93 year old made the announcement in the Parliament in the capital city, Harare, and impeachment activities were immediately stopped. Zimbabwe’s previous vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is to be sworn in as the interim leader of Zimbabwe on Wednesday 22 November until elections can be held.   

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