‘Coup’ in Zim­babwe

New York Post - - NEWS - David K. Li, Wires

Zim­babwe’s army said it de­tained long­time Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe and seized con­trol of state broad­cast­ers in an ap­par­ent coup.

Mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles rolled into the streets of the cap­i­tal, Harare, late Tues­day night and early Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

“We are only tar­get­ing crim­i­nals around [Mu­gabe] who are com­mit­ting crimes that are caus­ing so­cial and eco­nomic suf­fer­ing in the coun­try in order to bring them to jus­tice,” the army an­nounced on state-run me­dia.

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear where the 93-year-old Mu­gabe, pres­i­dent since 1987, was on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, but the army said he and his wife were safe.

Chris Mutsvangwa, head of a war veter­ans group, is­sued a state­ment, prais­ing Army Gen. Con­stantino Chi­wenga for car­ry­ing out “a blood­less cor­rec­tion of gross abuse of power.”

Mutsvangwa said the army will re­turn Zim­babwe to a “gen­uine democ­racy.”

Wash­ing­ton and London urged US and UK cit­i­zens to stay in­doors for the time be­ing.

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