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    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

    Zimbabwe's Ruling Party Calls on President Mugabe to Step Down

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    Zimbabwe's ruling party Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) calls on the country's president, Robert Mugabe, to resign amid ongoing political crisis in the country, local media reported Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the ZBC broadcaster, as many as eight of the Zimbabwean ruling party's 10 provincial coordinating committees said that 93-year-old Mugabe should resign as he had lost control of the party and the government due to his incapacity to work because of his age.

    The ZANU-PF also plans to convene an extraordinary meeting of its central committee to discuss the developments in the country within 48 hours.

    On Thursday, former Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai already urged Mugabe to step down in the interest of the country. Tsvangirai is considered to be Mugabe's main political opponent.

    The Zimbabwe Defense Forces (ZDF) announced in a statement on Friday their support for an upcoming march against President Robert Mugabe as long as it remains "peaceful and orderly." In the statement, the ZFD said they had been approached earlier by several volunteer organizations seeking to "freely express their desires" and hold a march in the Zimbabwean capital city of Harare on Saturday.

    "The ZDF is therefore advising the nation that for as long as the planned march remains orderly, peaceful and in tandem with the fundamental bill of rights and within the confines of the country's constitution and without hate speech and incitement to cause violence, it fully supports the march," the statement read.

    On Tuesday, Mugabe, who has been leading Zimbabwe for over 30 years as both president and prime minister, and his guards were confined to his house by soldiers. The military deployed armored vehicles in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare and took control of the state-owned broadcaster. The military then stated that their actions did not constitute a seizure of power and instead targeted "criminals." According to media reports, Mugabe had negotiations with the military and refused to step down.

    Mjobisa Noko, a spokesman for the Coalition of Democrats (CODE), an alliance of Zimbabwean opposition parties, told Sputnik on Thursday that the military takeover in Zimbabwe was an opportunity for the country to make a peaceful transition to democracy. that the military takeover in Zimbabwe was an opportunity for the country to make a peaceful transition to democracy.


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