Zimbabwe upheaval: Mugabe “resists calls to step down”

Nov 17, 2017, 12:37 AM EST
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is seen as an economy-ruining despot in the West.
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The political upheaval in Zimbabwe descended into confusion on Thursday after President Robert Mugabe, under house arrest for last two days, was photographed smiling and shaking hands with the military official who led the takeover.

The 93-year-old autocrat, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, reportedly refused to step down despite growing calls for his resignation, notes the BBC.

The army seeks a “smooth and bloodless” transition of power to Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice president, who was sacked last week in a move that exposed Mugabe’s intentions of handing power to her wife, observes Reuters.

Although many Zimbabweans support the military intervention, the army faces mounting pressure to lay out its plan for a political transition and the formation of a new government, writes The Guardian