Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe refuses to step down despite ultimatum

Updated: Nov 21, 2017, 10:33 IST | Agencies | Harare

Ruling party members are of the opinion that an impeachment process wouldn't lead to his immediate resignation and could take days to complete

Longtime President Robert Mugabe ignored a midday deadline set by the ruling party to step down or face impeachment proceedings, while Zimbabweans stunned by his lack of resignation during a national address vowed more protests to make him leave. Opposition activists and the influential liberation war veterans association announced more demonstrations to pressure the 93-year-old Mugabe to step down after 37 years in power.

A man holding a flag of Zimbabwe takes part in a demonstration of University of Zimbabwes students, on November 20, to demand the withdrawal of Grace Mugabe’s doctorate. PIC/AFP
A man holding a flag of Zimbabwe takes part in a demonstration of University of Zimbabwe's students, on November 20, to demand the withdrawal of Grace Mugabe’s doctorate. Pic/AFP

"Your time is up," veterans association leader Chris Mutsvangwa said at a press conference. "You should have the dignity and decency to spare the country of further turmoil by simply announcing your departure immediately." He also suggested that the military, even though it put Mugabe under house arrest days ago, was still beholden to him and compelled to protect him because he is officially their "commander in chief." Zimbabweans were astonished that Mugabe, flanked by the military in his national address on Sunday night, remained defiant.

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