Mil­i­tary now in cap­i­tal

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

The U.S. Em­bassy closed to the pub­lic and en­cour­aged cit­i­zens to shel­ter in place, cit­ing “the on­go­ing po­lit­i­cal un­cer­tainty through the night.” The Bri­tish em­bassy is­sued a sim­i­lar warn­ing, cit­ing “re­ports of un­usual mil­i­tary ac­tiv­ity.”

For the first time, this is see­ing an open rift be­tween the mil­i­tary and Mu­gabe, the world’s old­est head of state.

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