ZIMBABWE President Robert Mugabe has been sacked and replaced by his former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, according to Zanu-PF party sources. Here is the latest news and live updates.
- Emmerson Mnangagwa installed as new leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party
- Zanu-PF sources say Robert Mugabe has been removed from office
- Mugabe met military again today for talks
- Hundreds of protestors gather outside Zimbabwean Embassy in central London
- War Veterans Association urges demonstrators to march on Harare residence
- Thousands of anti-Mugabe protestors are on the streets of Harare calling for the leader’s resignation
- Mugabe’s nephew said the leader is “ready to die for what is correct” and will not step down
- Military forces retain control of Zimbabwe and allowed Mugabe out of house arrest for the ceremony
- The army carried out coup on Tuesday night and said it was a “bloodless takeover”
Sunday November 19
12.45pm: Emmerson Mnangagwa has been installed as the new leader of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party
Emmerson Mnangagwa, known as “the Crocodile” had been a loyal ally of Mr Mugabe’s since the fight for independence in 1970s and and has a “pretty fearsome reputation”.
Born in central Zimbabwe in 1942, he become one of the richest men in Zimbabwe afetr studying for a law degree while in Zambia and playing a key role in his country’s bid for independence.
He is one of Mr Mugabe’s former guerrilla comrades who joined him in exile in Mozambique as his special assistant.
But cracks began to show in their relationship in 2008 when Mr Mugabe’s wife Grace launched the Generation 40 faction of Zanu-PF.
Mr Mugabe stripped him of the vice-presidency just over a week ago and Mr Mnangagwa fled to South Africa.
Many believe Mr Mnangagwa then teamed up with General Constantino Chiwenga to get the Mugabes removed.
11.52am: Grace Mugabe removed from ruling party
A party source said Mugabe’s wife Grace has also been expelled from ZANU-PF.
11.50am: ZANU-PF to remove Mugabe as President
Zimbabwe War Veterans leader Mutsvangwa said ZANU-PF is now starting the process to remove Mr Mugabe as President of Zimbabwe.
11.45am: Robert Mugabe has been sacked
Embattled Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has been sacked and replaced by his former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, according to Zanu-PF party sources.
A delegate at a special ZANU-PF meeting to decide Mugabe’s fate told Reuters: “He has been expelled.
”Mnangagwa is our new leader.”
Three other delegates confirmed Mugabe’s dismissal.
10.00am: Robert Mugabe has gone on hunger strike, according to reports
Mr Mugabe is refusing to eat in protest against his confinement, according to a Zanu-PF official.
The 93-year-old has not accepted any food since yesterday when he was informed he was about to be formally removed from office.
A Zanu-PF minister said: “The old man has been trying a lot of various tricks since last night – hunger strikes, making threats and refusing to talk.”