Saturday 23 June 2018

Zimbabwe's fired vice president has said Robert Mugabe should resign immediately

In this Wednesday Feb, 10, 2016 file photo, Zimbabwean vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa greets party supporters at the ZANU-PF headquarters in Harare. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)
In this Wednesday Feb, 10, 2016 file photo, Zimbabwean vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa greets party supporters at the ZANU-PF headquarters in Harare. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Zimbabwe's recently fired vice president and likely successor to President Robert Mugabe has said the 93-year-old leader should resign immediately.

Emmerson Mnangagwa said in a statement on Tuesday that he is not in Zimbabwe and that he would not return to the country until he is "satisfied of my personal security".

Mr Mugabe fired Mr Mnangagwa earlier this month, but Zimbabwe's ruling party is demanding that Mr Mugabe resign and wants the former vice president to replace him.

The ruling party is poised to begin impeachment proceedings against Mr Mugabe on Tuesday as parliament resumes.

It has also instructed government ministers to boycott a cabinet meeting Mr Mugabe has called for Tuesday morning.

Chief whip Lovemore Matuke said minutes before the cabinet meeting was expected to start that ministers have been told to instead attend a meeting at party headquarters to work on the impeachment.

Mr Mugabe's chief secretary on Monday summoned ministers to the cabinet meeting at State House, the president's official residence.

Mr Mugabe is finding himself increasingly isolated.

Press Association

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