Zimbabwe’s ruling party Zanu-PF has sacked Robert Mugabe as its leader.
It has appointed former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa – sacked by Mugabe two weeks ago – as leader.
According to BBC, the sacking of Mnangagwa had prompted an extraordinary chain of events as the military intervened to block Mr Mugabe, 93, from installing his wife Grace in his place.
Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans attended street protests on Saturday to demonstrate against the Mugabes.
Mr Mugabe is still the president of Zimbabwe, although the Zanu PF move increases the pressure on him that has been building for days.
The head of the influential War Veterans Association, Chris Mutsvangwa, told Reuters news agency that the party was also starting the process of removing Mr Mugabe as president.
AFP reports that Mugabe’s grip on power was broken last week when the military took over after his wife Grace emerged as the leading candidate to succeed the 93-year-old president, who is the world’s oldest head of state.
On Saturday, tens of thousands of overjoyed protesters flooded the streets of Zimbabwe in peaceful celebrations marking the apparent end of his long and authoritarian rule.
“We meet here today with a heavy heart,” party official Obert Mpofu told the ZANU-PF meeting in Harare on Sunday, referring to Mugabe as “the outgoing president”.
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“(Mugabe’s) wife and close associates have taken advantage of his frail condition to usurp power and loot state resources,” he said.
“Our people are demanding… the recall of the president and first secretary of ZANU-PF from his position in the party.”
Mugabe remains in office but now faces overwhelming opposition from the generals, much of the Zimbabwean public and from his own party.
The influential ZANU-PF Youth League on Sunday reversed its previous devotion to Mugabe, saying that he must resign and Grace must be expelled from the party.
Army chiefs who led the takeover were due to hold further talks with the president later Sunday.