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Harare - Zimbabwean elections probably won’t be held as scheduled, Rashweat Mukundu, an analyst with the Harare-based Zimbabwe Democracy Institute, said on Wednesday.

“The military is going to determine the shape of Zimbabwean politics, although they’ve tried to say this is not a coup,” he said. “This may result in the creation of a new unity government which will involve the opposition.”

The armed forces seized power in Zimbabwe after a week of confrontation with President Robert Mugabe’s government and said the action was needed to stave off violent conflict in the southern African nation that he’s ruled since 1980.

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces will guarantee the safety of Mugabe, 93, and his family and is only “targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice,” Major-General Sibusiso Moyo said in a televised address in Harare, the capital. All military leave has been cancelled, he said.

Mugabe is preparing to step down, News24 reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the situation.

Denying that the action was a military takeover, Moyo said “as soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect the situation to return to normalcy.” He urged the other security services to cooperate and warned that “any provocation will be met with an appropriate response.”

The action came a day after armed forces commander Constantine Chiwenga announced that the military would stop “those bent on hijacking the revolution.”

As several armoured vehicles appeared in the capital on Tuesday, Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front described Chiwenga’s statements as “treasonable” and intended to incite insurrection. Later in the day, several explosions were heard in the city.

The military intervention followed a week-long political crisis sparked by Mugabe’s decision to fire his long-time ally Emmerson Mnangagwa as vice president in a move that paved the way for his wife Grace and her supporters to gain effective control over the ruling party. Nicknamed “Gucci Grace” in Zimbabwe for her extravagant lifestyle, she said on Nov. 5 that she’s prepared to succeed her husband.

 

 

 

 

Basically Robert Mugabe has fired his vice president to make the space available for his wife, who he wants to eventually take his place as president when he dies, he is 94 years old. His plan is to create a "dynasty" in Zimbabwe. The elections haven't been free and fair in years.

The military did not take this well and formed a coup. Reports say the president and his wife is currently under heavy protection and in custody of the military.

The minister of finance has also been arrested as one of the most corrupt individuals in Africa. 

The military is cleaning up this mess of a country!

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Reminds me a bit of my background Country (Portugal) in the military aspect

 

In 1974 the Army in a single day went in and killed the Dictator and after that is when it became a democracy

 

The change was very swift tho. There was no unrest as by the time people realized he had been killed plans for a parliament were alreadt under way!

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