UPDATE: ZANU-PF party fires Mugabe, elects Mnangagwa interim leader

HARARE, November 19 (The Source) – President Robert Mugabe was dismissed as leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party on Sunday in a bid to force him to quit following a military takeover of the country last Tuesday.

The ZANU-PF central committee, which met at the party headquarters, elected Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy who was fired by Mugabe on November sacked this month, as his replacement in the interim.

Mugabe’s dismissal has been expected and the 93-year old could resign or be recalled by Parliament on Tuesday.

National broadcaster ZBC on Sunday said Mugabe, who has so far resisted pressure to quit, would meet military commanders on Sunday, along with a mediation team of a Catholic priest, the acting head of intelligence and Mugabe’s private secretary, George Charamba.

The leader of the influential veterans of the country’s war of liberation, Chris Mutsvangwa told Reuters as he walked into the extraordinary meeting of ZANU-PF’s central committee, Chris Mutsvangwa said Mugabe was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.

“We are going all the way,” Mutsvangwa said. “He’s trying to bargain for a dignified exit.”