President addresses the nation after ruling party Zanu-PF gives him a deadline of noon on Monday to resign or face impeachment.Zimbabwe’s embattled leader Robert Mugabe has vowed to stay in power for several weeks, despite mounting calls for him to stand down now.
Zanu-PF gave 93-year-old Mr. Mugabe, until 10:00 GMT on Monday to resign as president, or face impeachment. The military also intervened last week, in an apparent attempt to block him from installing his wife as his successor but Mugabe remains head of state against all the odds after refusing to resign as president.
In a live TV address, Mr. Mugabe said he would preside over the ruling party’s congress in December. Speaking to the country, Mr. Mugabe in his speech said “failures of the past” may have triggered anger “in some quarters, which he calls “quite understandable”.
He also stated “intergenerational conflict must be resolved,” a reference to his apparent positioning of his unpopular 52-year-old wife to succeed him.
The generals who have been involved in this crisis since their military takeover are saying they will issue their own statement on Monday morning.
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But instead, he clings to power following a rambling speech which left the nation stunned and baffled.
In a statement delivered in Harare, he claimed military intervention, which saw him placed under house arrest four days ago, was no challenge to his authority.
The army stepped in to block Grace Mugabe’s tilt at power.
Speaking slowly and occasionally stumbling as he read from pages, Mugabe talked of the need for solidarity to resolve national problems.
He ended his speech by saying he will preside over an upcoming conference of the ruling Zanu-PF party.
His defiance comes despite his sacking by Zanu-PF and in the face of huge public opposition.
The news means widespread disappointment for those who thought they were witnessing the end of the Mugabe era and celebrated in euphoric scenes in the streets of Zimbabwe yesterday.
His refusal to go plunges the country into deep uncertainty.
The leader of Zimbabwe’s influential war veterans said plans for impeachment would go ahead as scheduled.
The generals involved in the military takeover will issue a statement tomorrow.
All these crises began when the 93-year-old president sacked his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, two weeks ago, angering army commanders who saw it as an attempt to position his wife.