No resignation as Robert Mugabe addresses nation

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has just addressed his nation without announcing his resignation.

Earlier on Sunday, the ruling ZANU-PF party had told Mugabe, 93, that he must step down as president by midday on Monday, or face impeachment.

Reuters also quoted a source as saying the 93-old-president agreed to resign,

In a very long speech,  Mugabe slowly read from his script saying "we must resolve to forgive atrocities both real and perceived in a comradely Zimbabwean spirit".

While most Zimbabweans expected him to announce his resignation, Mugabe refused to say that, rather he said, preside over ZANU-PF’s congress next month despite no longer being party leader.

“The congress is due in a few weeks from now. I will preside over its processes, which must not be possessed by any acts calculated to undermine it or compromise the outcomes in the eyes of the public,” he said.

In his speech Mugabe said “failures of the past” may have triggered anger “in some quarters, which he calls “quite understandable”.

At a meeting in Harare earlier on Sunday, Zanu-PF chose Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice president fired by Mugabe two weeks ago, as the party leader.

The same motion also expelled Mugabe’s wife, Grace Mugabe, from her chair of the party’s women’s league.

Speaking at a televised news conference, cyber security minister Patrick Chinamasa added that Mugabe has until noon on Monday to step down from the presidency or face impeachment.

The 93-year-old has led Zimbabwe since 1980, which throughout his controversial rule has seen periods of extreme hyperinflation, attacks on white farmers, and claims of human rights abuses.

The elderly statesman was placed under house arrest by the military on Wednesday.

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