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Thursday, 16 November 2017 - 10:50
African Union says Zimbabwe takeover seems like a coup
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The key regional bloc the African Union says The Zimbabwean military's takeover of power and detention of President Robert Mugabe "seems like a coup".

Its head, Alpha Conde, said the AU demands an immediate return to constitutional order.

The military denies staging a coup, saying that Mugabe is safe and that it was acting against "criminals" surrounding him.

Their move follows a power struggle over who might replace Mugabe.

His vice-president, Emmerson Mnangagwa was fired last week, making Mugabe's wife Grace the president's likely successor - but leaving top military officials feeling sidelined.

93 year old Mugabe, has dominated the country's political scene since it gained independence from the UK in 1980.
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