Mil­i­tary on move near cap­i­tal as ten­sions in­crease in Zimbabwe

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - NATION & WORLD -

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe was on edge Tues­day as ar­mored per­son­nel car­ri­ers were seen out­side the cap­i­tal a day after the army com­man­der threat­ened to “step in” to calm po­lit­i­cal ten­sions over the pres­i­dent’s pos­si­ble suc­ces­sor, and the rul­ing party ac­cused the com­man­der of “trea­son­able con­duct.”

The As­so­ci­ated Press saw three ar­mored per­son­nel car­ri­ers in a con­voy head­ing to­ward an army bar­racks just out­side the cap­i­tal, Harare. The tim­ing height­ened un­ease in this coun­try that for the first time is see­ing an open rift be­tween the mil­i­tary and Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe.

Mu­gabe, 93, the world’s oldest head of state, last week fired Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa and ac­cused him of plot­ting to take power, in­clud­ing through witch­craft.

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