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Mugabe makes first public appearance since army takeover

Mugabe appeared at the graduation ceremony wearing a blue academic gown and hat (Photo credit: Ben Curtis/AP)

ROBERT MUGABE has made his first public appearance since the Zimbabwean army took over the country on Wednesday.

He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare, following being under house arrest for days.

According to BBC "Mugabe walked slowly up a red carpet and joined the crowd in singing the national anthem, then opened the graduation ceremony at Zimbabwe's Open University, where he is chancellor."

Neither the 93-year-old president's wife, Grace Mugabe, nor Education Minister Jonathan Moyo were in attendance.

The military said on Friday (Nov 17) it was "engaging" with Mr Mugabe and would advise the public on the outcome of talks "as soon as possible".

"Significant progress has been made in their operation to weed out criminals around President Mugabe," the statement said, adding that the military had arrested some while others remained at large.

Those sought had been "committing crimes that were causing social and economic suffering in Zimbabwe".

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