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Army presence near Zimbabwe capital comes on heels of warning to Mugabe faction

Army presence near Zimbabwe capital comes on heels of warning to Mugabe faction
From CBC - November 14, 2017

Zimbabwe was on edge Tuesday as armoured 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 firing of his deputy.

The Associated Press saw three armoured personnel carriers with several soldiers in a convoy on a road heading toward an army barracks just outside the capital, Harare.

While it is routine forarmoured personnel carriers to move along that route, the timing heightened unease in this southern African country that for the first time is seeing an open rift between the military and 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. The military has been a key pillar of Mugabe's power since independence from white minority rule in 1980.

Mugabe last weekfired Vice-PresidentEmmersonMnangagwaand accused him of plotting to take power. Over 100 senior officials allegedly backingMnangagwahave been listed for disciplinary measures by a faction associated with Mugabe's wife.

Grace Mugabe, whose political profile has risen in the past few years, now appears positioned to replace Mnangagwa, leading many in Zimbabwe to suspect that she could succeed her husband as president.

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