HARARE, November 17 (The Source) – The fate of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe hung in the balance on Friday as he apparently resisted moves to make him step down after the military seized power on Tuesday this week.
The army has been, until this week, the bedrock of Mugabe’s rule but turned on him after the dismissal of his long time ally and deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa a week earlier. The military said it was engaging Mugabe in talks on the way forward for the country and that it would advise the nation on the outcome as soon as possible.
But Mugabe may only be stalling for time after meeting with the army and SADC mediators at the State House on Thursday.
Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Donald Yamamoto dismissed the idea of Mugabe remaining in a transitional or ceremonial role in the new administration .
“It’s a transition to a new era for Zimbabwe, that’s really what we’re hoping for,” Yamamoto told Reuters.
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