The ruling party in Zimbabwe Zanu-PF has officially removed President Robert Mugabe as leader of the party. This was after Mugabe addressed the country in a very long speech which the 93-year old slowly read saying “we must resolve to forgive atrocities both real and perceived in a comradely Zimbabwean spirit”.
The ruling party, Zanu-PF has, according to Guardian, replaced him with the ousted vice president Emerson Mnangagwa.
He has so far refused to step down following the military takeover last week, insisting he’s the legitimate leader despite Citizens of Zimbabwe protests, marching on the streets calling for him to resign.
Mugabe instead insisted that the takeover is illegal and he should be allowed to remain president until elections in 2018.
Guardian reports that following his removal as party leader, the parliament, which will reconvene on Tuesday following a week-long suspension, is expected to move to impeach him. The party also removed his wife, Grace, who was the head of the party’s women’s league.
Mnangagwa is expected to takeover as president as soon as Mugabe resigns or is impeached.
While most Zimbabweans expected him to resignation, Mugabe refused and said he’ll oversee the process of a national convention.