Zimbabwe Coup?

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Zimbabwe Coup?

Postby Hungry Ghost » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:17 am

The Zimbabwe army might currently be overthrowing Robert Mugabe, Africa's longest serving dictator. But don't get too hopeful. The army is even more corrupt and brutal than he is and only promises to double down on a thuggish reign of terror.

What triggered this was Mugabe's dismissing his vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, a hard-core militant nicknamed 'the crocodile' who Mugabe accused of plotting against him and practicing witchcraft. Mugabe apparently wanted to make his wife vice-president so that she can succeed him when he dies (he's in his 90's). Mnangagwa fled the country and reportedly a whole crew of his supporters were slated for arrest.

But the crocodile was close to the commander of the Zimbabwe army. Yesterday that general warned Mugabe to stop his purge of Mnangagwa allies friendly with the army, and today trucks full of troops appeared on Harare streets. They took over the broadcaster (ZBC) and ZBC ran music videos instead of the scheduled 11 pm news Tuesday.

There have been unconfirmed reports of gunfire and explosions, though other reports say the streets are quiet.

https://zw.usembassy.gov/sm-11142017/

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/zimbabwe

US tells citizens in Zimbabwe to shelter in place as troops seen in capital | Fox News

BBC reports sounds of gunfire and artillery in the northern suburbs and that the army is announcing on ZBC that they aren't attacking Mugabe but instead are fighting "criminals" around him. They say that president Mugabe is "safe". (Probably under house arrest.) So apparently Mugabe will continue on as a figurehead until he dies (again, he's in his 90's) while the army chieftain will be the real power.

Zimbabwe crisis: Army says it is 'targeting criminals', not Mugabe - BBC News
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