1. Post #41
    UserDirk580's Avatar
    March 2008
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    Sounds like he ordered something a little too stupid or was acting too senile and the military polietly took power.
    It was supposed to be about how his son would succeed him.

  2. Post #42
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    I really, really hope they don't install another dictator like Bob, Zimbabwe deserves better than the torment Bob instilled in their lands.

  3. Post #43
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    RULING PARTY OF ZIMBABWE HAS FIRED MUGABE AS LEADER
    The ruling party of Zimbabwe has voted to sack Robert Mugabe as its leader and has appointed in his place the vice-president the veteran autocrat fired two weeks ago.

    The vote by hundreds of senior Zanu-PF officials in Harare on Sunday significantly weakens the position of Mugabe, who has refused to step down following a military takeover last week, despite huge marches demanding that he leaves power.

    Zimbabwe’s parliament will reconvene on Tuesday after a week-long suspension and is expecting to move to impeach the president if he has not given up power.

    The committee also expelled Grace Mugabe, the divisive first lady, who had been chair of the party’s women’s league.

    When the motion was passed, removing Mugabe from the head of the party and reinstating Emmerson Mnangagwa to replace him, the hall broke into cheers, song and dance.

    The 200 or so members of the central committee leapt to their feet, many singing Mnangagwa’s name.

    “This is the day that is defining the new birth and development of our country,” said Mike Madiro, chairman of one of the provincial party branches that had formally set Mugabe’s dethroning in motion.

    Chris Mutsvangwa, head of the powerful war veterans’ association, said Mugabe was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.

    “We are going all the way,” Mutsvangwa said. “He’s trying to bargain for a dignified exit.”

    The Zanu-PF central committee appointed Mnangagwa, the 75-year-old vice-president who was fired by Mugabe almost two weeks ago, as its new interim leader.

    Mugabe’s sacking of Mnangagwa precipitated the crisis, with Mnangagwa and the army rapidly launching a previously planned takeover.

    Mnangagwa is widely expected to take power when Mugabe leaves office.

    A second round of talks on Sunday morning between Mugabe and the army commanders who led the takeover was inconclusive.

    According to sources close to the military, the president, who has been kept under house arrest in his sprawling residence in Harare, continues to argue that the takeover is illegal and wants to be allowed to remain in power until the end of his presidential mandate next year. Elections are due to be held before August.

    A source said that Mugabe believed regional powers, who have not explicitly backed the military takeover and have called for the crisis to be solved constitutionally, would support him.

    But few options are now open to the autocrat, who has ruled Zimbabwe through a mixture of coercion, bribery and revolutionary rhetoric for nearly four decades. Support in some branches of the security establishment – such as the police – has evaporated and high-profile political supporters have been detained.

    The military has said it has no intention of staying in power. Army commanders worked closely with Mnangagwa before the takeover.

    Mnangagwa is a former intelligence chief and veteran Zanu-PF official who was responsible for the repression of opposition parties in successive elections between 2000 and 2008.

    There was applause and singing from Zanu-PF officials when the agenda for the meeting on Sunday morning was read. Item one was the “recall” – or sacking – of Mugabe as as party leader.

    The role of Obert Mpofu, the finance minister long seen as a loyal associate of Mugabe who had substantially benefited from his rule, prompted widespread comment. Mpofu said the “outgoing president” had been surrounded by “wrong people”.

    His words echoed those of the military commanders who claim last week’s takeover was necessary to remove “criminals” close to the president, a reference to Grace Mugabe and her “G40” faction.

    Opposition leaders in Zimbabwe have called for the formation of an inclusive transitional government but risk being sidelined by the powerful army and Zanu-PF.

    There are also concerns that the military will maintain significant influence in the future.

    “The ruling party have allowed the military to taste political power [and] … We have to expect some role of the armed forces to continue for some time,” said Martin Rupiya, a former Zimbabwean army general.
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  4. Post #44
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    March 2006
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    I didn't know they could do that.

  5. Post #45
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    Mugabe was expected to announce his resignation and had been given a 24 hour deadline to resign. Instead he's going to try to stay on and will likely be impeached tomorrow.
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  6. Post #46
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    Mugabe was expected to announce his resignation and had been given a 24 hour deadline to resign. Instead he's going to try to stay on and will likely be impeached tomorrow.
    Why even cling onto power at 94. Cause it's all you know? If you loved your country you would know it's best to stepdown rather than incite civil conflict.

  7. Post #47
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    May 2008
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    Why even cling onto power at 94. Cause it's all you know? If you loved your country you would know it's best to stepdown rather than incite civil conflict.
    He wants his wife to take over at this point, for him it's more like trying to keep the dynasty running and if he does leave, leave in a dignified way.
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  8. Post #48
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    If you loved your country you would know it's best to stepdown rather than incite civil conflict.
    He doesn't love his country though, he has been robbing it for 37 straight years
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  9. Post #49
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    He wants his wife to take over at this point, for him it's more like trying to keep the dynasty running and if he does leave, leave in a dignified way.
    Well congrats to him on that front. I can't think of a more dignified way to leave than via military coup. /s

  10. Post #50
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    March 2009
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    Impeachment process to begin as Mugabe remains defiant
    Harare, Zimbabwe - Defiant President Robert Mugabe could lose his 37-year grip on Zimbabwe within days, with a motion to impeach him on Tuesday's parliament agenda introduced by the ruling ZANU-PF party.

    The motion - which will be heard in a joint sitting of the lower and upper house - accuses Mugabe of being "the source of instability" within government and allowing his wife, First Lady Grace, to "usurp constitutional power".

    As laid out in Section 97 (3) of the Constitution, once the Senate and National Assembly have passed a resolution confirming the president should be removed from office, Mugabe could be stripped of his wide-ranging powers that many citizens say have caused untold suffering and hardship.

    Douglas Gumbo, 54, who participated in Saturday's mass march calling for Mugabe to resign, told Al Jazeera he was eager to watch the parliamentary session. House sittings are normally broadcast live on state television.

    "He tried to run away from us on Sunday, but now he is cornered. It's game over for him and I just can't wait to see him and his wife go," he said.

    Impeachment requires a two-thirds majority of both the senate and the national assembly.

    While the governing ZANU-PF party, which has turned against its leader, holds a parliamentary majority, it may have to team up with opposition legislators to make up the required numbers.

    Dozens of ZANU-PF MPs have fled the country or gone into hiding facing army detention, following a military crackdown targeting "criminals" surrounding the veteran leader.

    Also on Tuesday, Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice president Mugabe sacked on November 6, reportedly joined calls for the leader to resign.

    "The people of Zimbabwe have spoken with one voice and it is my appeal to President Mugabe that he should take heed of this clarion call and resign forthwith so that the country can move forward and preserve his legacy," he said in a statement that has been circulating around local media.
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    updated OP as well

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