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Mugabe Defies Expectations Of Immediate Resignation

President Mugabe pledged to preside over a ZANU-PF congress next month even though the party removed him as its leader hours before.

19/11/2017 21:53 SAST | Updated 19/11/2017 21:53 SAST
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People watch as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses the nation on television, at a bar in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe defied expectations he would resign on Sunday, pledging to preside over a ZANU-PF congress next month even though the ruling party had removed him as its leader hours earlier.

ZANU-PF had given the 93-year-old less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to secure a peaceful end to his tenure after a de facto coup.

Mugabe said in a address on state television that he acknowledged criticism against him from ZANU-PF, the military and the public, but did not comment on the possibility of standing down.

Reporting by Joe Brock and MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Ed Cropley