- Ruling Zimbabwe party Zanu-PF has voted to dismiss Robert Mugabe as it’s leader.
- Mugabe, under house arrest, remains president but faces mounting pressure from multiple angles.
- If he does not step down by Tuesday, the impeachment process will begin, according to political opponents.
Ruling Zimbabwe political party Zanu-PF has voted to dismiss Robert Mugabe as it’s leader.
Former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe sacked just two weeks ago, has replaced Mugabe according to the BBC.
Mugabe’s removal of Mnangagwa saw the military take over the country’s state broadcaster and block access to the country’s parliament and courts earlier this week.
The military said it was determined to weed out “criminals” and put Mugabe under house arrest.
The BBC says the military “intervened to block Mugabe from installing his wife, Grace” in Mnangagwa’s place.
Both Mugabe and Grace have been expelled from Zanu-PF. When the motion to sack the Mugabes was passed, cheers and dancing broke out at the party’s central committee hall in Harare, the capital of the country.
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Mugabe, 93, has led Zimbabwe as Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987 and as president from 1987 to the present day.
His role is becoming increasingly untenable as he faces pressure from multiple angles.
The main opposition’s parliamentary chief whip, Innocent Gonese, said that if Mugabe has not stepped down by Tuesday then the “impeachment process will kick in.”