MIL­I­TARY IN CAP­I­TAL AF­TER ARMY CHIEF’S THREAT TO ‘STEP IN’

The London Free Press - - WORLD -

At least three ex­plo­sions were heard in Zim­babwe’s cap­i­tal early Wed­nes­day and mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles were seen in the streets af­ter the army com­man­der threat­ened to “step in” to calm po­lit­i­cal ten­sions over 93-yearold Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe’s pos­si­ble suc­ces­sor. The rul­ing party ac­cused the com­man­der of “trea­son­able con­duct.”

The As­so­ci­ated Press saw armed sol­diers as­sault­ing passersby in the early morn­ing hours in Harare, as well as sol­diers load­ing am­mu­ni­tion near a group of four mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles. The ex­plo­sions could be heard near the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe cam­pus.

For the first time, Zim­babwe is see­ing an open rift be­tween the mil­i­tary and Mu­gabe, the world’s old­est head of state who has ruled since in­de­pen­dence from white mi­nor­ity rule in 1980.

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