Zanu-PF Sacks Mugabe, Appoints Mnangagwa as Leader

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South African President Jacob Zuma listens as Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt addresses a news conference after their meeting in Cape Town, September 10, 2009. Reinfeldt is in Cape Town on a short visit and will attend the 2nd South Africa European Union Summit on Friday. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS)

Zimbabwe’s ruling party has sacked President Robert Mugabe as its leader, officials say.

According to the BBC, Zanu-PF has appointed ex-vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been fired by Mr Mugabe two weeks ago.

The sacking of Mr Mnangagwa had prompted an extraordinary chain of events as the military intervened to block Mr Mugabe, 93, from installing his wife, Grace, in his place.

The first lady has been expelled from the party altogether.

Mr Mugabe is set to meet military leaders on Sunday and a motorcade has been seen leaving his private residence.

Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans had attended street protests on Saturday, demonstrating against the Mugabes.

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