UPDATED! Defiant Mugabe Refuses To Step Down As President, Announces Upcoming ZANU PF Congress

 

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President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has in a televised broadcast on Sunday said that after meeting with his party and elements of the armed forces, there will be a party congress of the ruling ZANU PF ruling party in December to address the concerns that forced the army to intervene.

He also stated that he will preside over the congress.

Flanked by members of the military and other officials, including a priest, the embattled President spoke for  about 20 minutes and acknowledged problems in the nation.

However, he referred to himself as president and “commander-in-chief”.

Mugabe said, “I will preside over its processes, which must not be prepossessed by any acts calculated to undermine it or to compromise the outcomes in the eyes of the public.”

Before the widely anticipated speech, the western media had reported that he was about to resign.

Earlier before the speech, Mugabe was sacked as the leader of the once-loyal ZANU-PF party.

He was replaced by his former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa. Also sources say that his wife, Grace has been expelled from the party.

The Zimbabwe military had on Wednesday taken over power in the country, saying it was targeting people close to President Robert Mugabe for causing “social and economic suffering”.

Mugabe was thereafter placed under house arrest, but was allowed to attend a university graduation on Friday in Harare.

On the military intervention Mugabe said, “Whatever the pros and cons of how they (the army) went about their operation, I, as commander-in-chief, do acknowledge their concerns.”

“We must learn to forgive and resolve contradictions real or perceived in a comradely Zimbabwean spirit,” he added.

 

 

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