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The Weekly Global Roundup: A Zimbabwean “Coup”, Then An Impasse? (November 13 to 18, 2017)

The Weekly Global Roundup: A Zimbabwean “Coup”, Then An Impasse? (November 13 to 18, 2017)

93-year-old President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has been the leader in charge since 1980, but his fate now appears to be in the hands of his former allies and opposition officials, after the country’s military took control of the capital city. Some of his allies have been arrested. “The military denied it had carried out a coup, saying Mugabe and his family are ‘safe’ and their ‘security is guaranteed'”. Just last week, former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa – on accusations of witchcraft – fled the country, as First Lady Grace Mugabe was expected to succeed her husband in 2023. And it would appear that Mr. Mugabe – who has rejected military demands to step down – had been deposed for favouring his wife over Mr. Mnangagwa, who is preferred by the elites. Mr. Mnangagwa has had his own presidential aspirations, and has “promised to control his party ‘very soon’ and urged his supporters to register to vote in the national elections next July”. Continue reading

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