zimbabwe’s ruling party has expelled Robert Mugabe as its chief and set a Monday deadline for the leader to end his presidency after nearly four decades of rule.
Members of Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party, which he co-founded to usher his country into independence, voted the 93-year-old President out on Sunday and said if he didn’t announce his resignation by midday on Monday, they would move to impeach him in Parliament.
They anointed Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice president fired by Mugabe earlier this month, as new party leader.
Removing Mugabe as party leader does not dethrone him as Zimbabwe’s President, but it is a clear indication that if parliament holds a vote on his future, they will have the numbers to impeach him.
Situation in Zimbabwe as an “opportunity” for the country.
Mugabe had said that he planned to contest next year’s election, despite his age, and once infamously claimed that “only God” could remove him from office.
Zimbabwe’s Indigenization Minister Patrick Zhuwao, who is also Mugabe’s nephew, said the President “is willing to die for his principles.”
“He is willing to die to protect the constitution.” Src: CNN
The Express News