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‘Leave Zimbabwe now’: thousands of protesters call for Robert Mugabe to go

Sabah Mannan

Jubilant scenes unfolded as euphoric crowds filled the streets of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare on Saturday morning demanding the resignation of President Robert Mugabe. The rally was supported by the army and members of the ruling Zanu-PF party of which at least 8 out of 10 regional branches voted on Friday for Mr. Mugabe to resign. In a report by a news agency of Russia, the party also called for First Lady Grace Mugabe to resign from her post in the political force. Zanu-PF is scheduled to convene a special Central Committee meeting today to “realign the revolutionary party with current political developments”. Civil organizations are set to march tomorrow as all the main pillars of Mugabe’s rule have turned on him or have offered no support. On Friday, Mr. Mugabe, 93 who has been under house arrest since the army takeover made his first public appearance but only spoke on the opening graduation of a university of which he is designated as a chancellor. The country’s struggle with poverty, drought and an economy in continuous gutter had changed views about the “old man” who was once perceived as a liberation hero. However, according to CNN, communities of traditional Mugabe supporters mulled his fate; it was if their father has died. Some people accepted the army takeover and some are hopeful for a new start.
Source: The Guardian, BBC and CNN

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