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Deadline passes for Mugabe to quit as party leader

RESISTANT: Robert Mugabe

MEMBERS OF Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party are preparing to meet to discuss the possible impeachment of President Robert Mugabe, after a deadline for his resignation came and went on Monday (Nov 20), BBC reports.

The disgraced leader surprised Zimbabweans on Sunday (Nov 19), declaring on TV that he planned to remain as president.

However, Zanu-PF says it backs impeachment, and proceedings could begin as soon as Tuesday when parliament meets.

The lead up to the possible resignation of Mugabe began two weeks ago when the 93-year-old leader sacked his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, angering army commanders who saw it as an attempt to position his wife Grace as the next president.

Zimbabwe has since then seen huge street rallies demanding his immediate resignation.

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