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Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe, has been fired as the head of the ruling Zanu-PF party and replaced by the deputy that he sacked this month.
It was confirmed by the chairman of the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association that Mugabe was replaced by Emmerson Mnangawa as leader of the party.
Chris Mutsvangwa also said that the party was starting the process to remove Mugabe as President of Zimbabwe.
Party sources informed Reuters that the country’s first lady known as “Gucci Grace,” Grace Mugabe, was also expelled from the party.
Talking before a special Zanu-PF meeting to decide the fate of Mugabe, Mutsvangwa said that the 93-year-old was running out of time to discuss his departure and should leave the country while he still could.
Mutsvangwa said: “He’s trying to bargain for a dignified exit.”
The leader of the war veterans followed up with a threat to call for street protests if Mugabe refused to go, informing reporters that “we will bring back the crowds and they will do their business.”
Mnangagwa is a former state security chief known as “The Crocodile.” He is currently in line to head an interim post-Mugabe unity government.