Mil­i­tary takes Mu­gabe into cus­tody

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Zim­babwe’s mil­i­tary claimed early Wed­nes­day to have taken Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe into cus­tody in what in­creas­ingly ap­peared to be a mil­i­tary takeover. He’s the world’s old­est head of state and one of Africa’s long­est-serv­ing lead­ers. Af­ter ap­par­ently seiz­ing the state broad­caster, ZBC, two uni­formed of­fi­cers said in a short predawn an­nounce­ment that “the sit­u­a­tion in our coun­try has moved to an­other level.” While deny­ing that the mil­i­tary had seized power, they said that Mu­gabe and his fam­ily “are safe and sound, and their se­cu­rity is guar­an­teed.” Zim­babwe’s army urged other se­cu­rity ser­vices to “co­op­er­ate for the good of our coun­try.”

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