Resign Now or face humiliation- new Zanu PF leader Mnangagwa

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When Zimbabwe's military sent tanks into the capital, Harare, and took President Robert Mugabe into custody almost a week ago, it was clear they wanted a quick resolution to the growing discontent with the longtime president.

The military says new developments include "contact" between Mugabe and his possible successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Instead Mugabe dashed their hopes with a freaky and rambling televised address on Sunday night in which he made no mention of his own fate.

The statement comes after General Constantino Chiwenga said said the two had spoken and were moving to resolve the current crisis.

The 93-year-old, who has been in charge in Zimbabwe for 37 years, is defying the overwhelming will of the people, the military and the political party he set up, by ignoring calls to stand down.

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Zanu-PF's central committee has named Emmerson Mnangagwa as its new leader.

Hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans, exhausted by a decade of economic chaos and poverty, have exuberantly cheered the military and rallied in the streets to urge Mr. Mugabe to resign.

Following the army's seizure of power last week, the ruling ZANU-PF party sacked him as its leader over the weekend and the influential veterans' association has called for further mass demonstrations. "It would be inimical to progress and the future of the country if all this action was about power retention at all costs", said Mr Tsvangirai.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe came under increasing pressure to quit on Monday as his ruling party said it would move to impeach him and the army revealed his likely successor would soon return to the country.

Former finance minister Tendai Biti, who is a trained lawyer, told dpa that the best scenario was for Mugabe to resign because impeachment is not a one-day process.

But their joy quickly turned to despair as Mugabe brushed aside the turmoil - blithely declaring he would chair a top-level meeting of the party that had just disavowed him.

While a resignation would have been the simplest way for Mugabe to relinquish power, this now seems unlikely.

Senior Zimbabwe lawyers warn that deposing a president and selecting his successor is no easy business.

If the committee recommends impeachment, the president can then be removed if both houses back it with two-thirds majorities.

Other members that were expelled are Phelekezela Mphoko (Zimbabwe vice-president), Foreign Affairs minister Walter Mzembi, Minister of State for Masvingo province Paul Chimedza, Manicaland provincial Affairs Minister Mandiitawepi Chimene, Zimbabwe's sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane and Zanu-PF's Harare provincial political commissar Shadreck Mashayamombe.

At the next national election, in the first half of next year, the party's election platform will be simple: It will campaign against Ms. Mugabe and the "cabal" that surrounded her.

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