Robert Mugabe has been dismissed as leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party, according to Reuters. Former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has been appointed as the new leader of the party in a widely expected move, party sources added.
And Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace, who is hugely unpopular in the country, has also been expelled by ZANU-PF.
It follows threats from the leader of Zimbabwe’s war veterans, in which he said officials would unleash the mob on the 93-year-old if he does not resign as President.
The threat was made by war veterans’ leader Chris Mutsvangwa as he walked into a meeting of the ruling Zanu-PF party.
If Mr Mugabe refuses to step aside, he said: “We will bring back the crowds and they will do their business.”
He said he hopes Mr Mugabe “gives in” and tenders his resignation to avoid “the prospect of the military shooting at people, trying to defend him”.
He added: “The choice is his.”
Youth league leader Yeukai Simbanegavi said Mr Mugabe should take a rest as an “elder statesmen”, while his wife should be expelled from the party “forever”.
She said: “It is unfortunate that the president allowed her to usurp executive authority from him, thereby destroying both the party and the government.”