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Saturday, 18 November 2017 - 19:44
Mass rally in Harare to celebrate end of 'Mugabe era'
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Jubilant scenes are unfolding on the streets of Zimbabwean cities, as protests demanding the resignation of President Robert Mugabe has turned into a celebration of the army's role in ending his grip on power.

The rally is supported by the army and members of the ruling Zanu-PF party.

War veterans - who until last year were loyal to the president - are also saying Mr Mugabe should quit.

The mix of people at the rally is unprecedented, correspondents say.

Protesters have started to converge on State House but the army has moved them away. Some people staged a sit-down protest in front of a line of troops, and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has addressed the crowd, to cheers.

Mugabe, 93, had been under house arrest since the army takeover on Wednesday, but on Friday he made his first public appearance.

He spoke only to open the graduation at a university of which he is chancellor.

His wife, Grace, was not present. It had been thought she had left the country but it emerged on Thursday that she was at home with Mugabe.
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