Zimbabwe crisis: Mugabe meets regional envoys, says South Africa

AFP
Johannesburg, South Africa Published: Nov 16, 2017, 03:35 PM(IST)

Zimbabwe's army was set on a collision course with President Robert Mugabe after he abruptly fired vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa -- a linchpin of the defence and security establishment. Photograph:( Reuters )

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President Robert Mugabe and envoys from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held talks in Harare on Thursday, a South African official said ||The SADC bloc is currently chaired by Zimbabwe's neighbour South Africa

President Robert Mugabe and envoys from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held talks in Harare on Thursday, a South African official said, after the military took control of Zimbabwe.

"They are meeting with President Robert Mugabe at State House now," South African foreign affairs spokesman Clayson Monyela told AFP, declining to give further details. (Also Read: African Union head says will 'never' accept Zimbabwe 'coup')

Zimbabwe's army was set on a collision course with Mugabe last week when he abruptly fired vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa -- a linchpin of the defence and security establishment.

The SADC bloc is currently chaired by Zimbabwe's neighbour South Africa.

Zimbabwe opposition leader calls for Mugabe to resign

Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai called on Thursday for President Robert Mugabe to step down after the military took control of the country.

(Also Read - Zimbabwe's Mugabe resisting army pressure to quit: Intelligence source)

"In the interest of the people of Zimbabwe, Mr Robert Mugabe must resign," Tsvangirai said, calling for a negotiated process to ease Zimbabwe through the transition of power.

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