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Zimbabwe Parliament: Presiding Officers Received Notice to Remove Mugabe

© REUTERS / Philimon Bulawayo/FilesZimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses the ZANU-PF party's top decision-making body, the Politburo, in the capital Harare, in this February 10, 2016 file photo
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses the ZANU-PF party's top decision-making body, the Politburo, in the capital Harare, in this February 10, 2016 file photo - Sputnik International
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A parliamentary session on the impeachment of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is set to kick off in the country's capital, Harare, a day after the country's long-ruling leader ignored the party's demand to resign.

According to Reuters, speaker of the Zimbabwean parliament Jacob Mudenda said before the session on Tuesday that Monica Mutswangwa had put forward the motion for impeachment and it was seconded by opposition legislator James Maridi. The session to trigger the impeachment process is expected to start at 4.30 pm local time (2.30 pm GMT).

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The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) was supposed to bring the motion on Tuesday in parliament to start Mugabe's impeachment after he passed the Monday deadline to step down as president.

Also on Tuesday, the 93-year-old president was supposed to attend the regular cabinet meeting that would mark his first meeting since the military seized control of the country. However, it is still unclear if the ministers will attend the meeting, Zimbabwe's information minister said, as cited by AP.

Meanwhile, thousands of people were demonstrating outside the parliament building on Tuesday, calling on the president to go, according to Reuters.

© REUTERS / Mike HutchingsProtesters call for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to resign across the road from parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 21, 2017
Protesters call for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to resign across the road from parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 21, 2017 - Sputnik International
Protesters call for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to resign across the road from parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 21, 2017

The political situation in Zimbabwe has been worsening over the last week. On Sunday ZANU-PF stripped the president of all leading posts in the party and also demanded that he must resign. A week before that, on November 13, Zimbabwe's military placed Mugabe under home arrest and took control of government buildings as well as the TV center. The move was made after Mugabe, who has been ruling the country for over 30 years as both president and prime minister, dismissed and ousted from the ruling party his first vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was considered as a likely successor and enjoys the military’s support.

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