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Zimbabwe: 'This is not a military takeover' - army official denies coup in address to nation01:28

Zimbabwe: 'This is not a military takeover' - army official denies coup in address to nation

Zimbabwe, Harare
November 15, 2017 at 10:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

"This is not a military takeover" said a military representative speaking on state TV in Harare on Wednesday, after troops seized control of the state TV channel 'ZBC' in Harare and blocked access to government offices. He explained the army's moves rather as an attempt to "pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation" in the country.

He went on to state that the security of President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe and his family is "guaranteed", adding "we are only targeting criminals around him".

The move by the army follows President's Mugabe decision to sack vice-President, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

President Mugabe, 93, is leader of the Zanu-PF party and has been in power since 1987.

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"This is not a military takeover" said a military representative speaking on state TV in Harare on Wednesday, after troops seized control of the state TV channel 'ZBC' in Harare and blocked access to government offices. He explained the army's moves rather as an attempt to "pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation" in the country.

He went on to state that the security of President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe and his family is "guaranteed", adding "we are only targeting criminals around him".

The move by the army follows President's Mugabe decision to sack vice-President, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

President Mugabe, 93, is leader of the Zanu-PF party and has been in power since 1987.

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