Zimbabwe army launches takeover against ‘criminals’ around Mugabe, says president ‘safe’

HARARE, ZIMBABWE (REUTER) – Zimbabwe’s military seized power early on Wednesday (November 15) targeting “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe but gave assurances on national television that the 93-year-old leader and his family were “safe and sound”.

Soldiers and armoured vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and the courts in central Harare, while taxis ferried commuters to work nearby, a Reuters witness said.

Neither Mugabe nor his wife Grace, who has been vying to succeed her husband as president, have been seen or heard from.

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