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Zimbabwe's Mugabe speech was meant to sanitise army intervention - sources
November 20, 2017 / 9:25 AM / in a month

Zimbabwe's Mugabe speech was meant to sanitise army intervention - sources

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe agreed to resign on Sunday but his ruling ZANU-PF party did not want him to quit in front of the military, an act that would have made its intervention look like a coup, two senior political sources said on Monday.

People watch as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses the nation on television, at a bar in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

“It would have looked extremely bad if he had resigned in front of those generals. It would have created a huge amount of mess,” one senior source within ZANU-PF said.

Another political source said the speech was meant to “sanitise” the military’s action.

Reporting by Joe Brock and Ed Cropley; Writing by Ed Cropley; Editing by James Macharia

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