Zimbabwe’s Mugabe meets again with army leader

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe’s political turmoil (all times local):

4:40 p.m.

Zimbabwe’s state-run Herald newspaper has tweeted photos of longtime President Robert Mugabe meeting for a second time with the army commander who put him under house arrest days ago.

Mugabe is said to be seeking more time as talks continue on his departure after nearly four decades in power. But the ruling party is impatient to see him leave, saying Mugabe must resign as president by noon Monday or face impeachment proceedings.

The military has been trying to give the departure a veneer of legality to avoid accusations of a coup.

The Herald report gives no details on the meeting’s outcome.

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3:50 p.m.

Zimbabwe’s ruling party Central Committee has expelled several high-level members close to unpopular first lady Grace Mugabe, while President Robert Mugabe is told to resign as the country’s leader by noon Monday or face impeachment.

Those expelled include minister of higher education Jonathan Moyo, finance minister Ignatious Chombo, Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao, local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, foreign affairs minister Walter Mzembi and several other top members of the ZANU-PF party who were associated with the first lady.

Some 200 delegates clapped and cheered the announcement and sent up an especially loud roar on hearing the action against Grace Mugabe.

They also chanted of the president: “He must go!”

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3:25 p.m.

Zimbabwe’s ruling party Central Committee says recently fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa should be its nominee to take over as the country’s president.

The party has fired longtime President Robert Mugabe as its party chief and said if he doesn’t step down as president by midday Monday they will begin impeachment proceedings when Parliament resumes Tuesday.

The decisions follow a dramatic few days in which the military put Mugabe under house arrest, angered by his firing of Mnangagwa and positioning of the unpopular first lady to replace him — and likely succeed her husband as leader.

The party accuses Grace Mugabe of “preaching hate, divisiveness and assuming roles and powers not delegated to the office.” She is removed as head of the women’s league.

The party’s decisions Sunday will be formalized at a special congress next month.

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3:15 p.m.

Zimbabwe’s ruling party Central Committee says longtime President Robert Mugabe must resign as president by noon Monday or impeachment proceedings will start.

The ZANU-PF party has fired Mugabe as…

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