The Latest: Zimbabwe’s Mugabe to address nation on live TV

HARARE, Zimbabwe — The Latest on Zimbabwe’s political turmoil (all times local):

6:50 p.m.

Zimbabwe’s state-run broadcaster says longtime President Robert Mugabe will address the nation shortly amid pressure to resign after nearly four decades in power.

The announcement comes hours after the ruling party’s Central Committee fired Mugabe as party leader and said if he didn’t resign as the country’s president by noon Monday it would start impeachment proceedings.

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4:40 p.m.

Zimbabwe’s state-run Herald newspaper has tweeted photos of longtime President Robert Mugabe meeting for a second time with the army commander who put him under house arrest days ago.

Mugabe is said to be seeking more time as talks continue on his departure after nearly four decades in power. But the ruling party is impatient to see him leave, saying Mugabe must resign as president by noon Monday or face impeachment proceedings.

The military has been trying to give the departure a veneer of legality to avoid accusations of a coup.

The Herald report gives no details on the meeting’s outcome.

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3:50 p.m.

Zimbabwe’s ruling party Central Committee has expelled several high-level members close to unpopular first lady Grace Mugabe, while President Robert Mugabe is told to resign as the country’s leader by noon Monday or face impeachment.

Those expelled include minister of higher education Jonathan Moyo, finance minister Ignatious Chombo, Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao, local government minister

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/the-latest-zimbabwe-lawmakers-definitely-seek-impeachment/2017/11/19/26d4d7fa-ccf9-11e7-b506-8a10ed11ecf5_story.html

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