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Mugabe deadline to resign passes

by Staff reporter
20 Nov 2017 at 10:13hrs | Views
The 12 o'clock or 10:00 GMT deadline has now passed for Robert Mugabe to resign as president of Zimbabwe, without a sign of a resignation.

Here's a reminder of what that deadline means:

  • The deadline was set by his own party Zanu-PF.
  • The party says it will back impeachment proceedings if he does not resign by 10:10 GMT today.
  • Impeachment proceedings could be launched on Tuesday in parliament.
  • This would require a two-thirds majority in both chambers.

The crisis began two weeks ago when Mr Mugabe sacked his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Army commanders saw it as an attempt to position his wife Grace as next president.

The deadline has now passed for Robert Mugabe to resign as president of Zimbabwe.

Here's what will happen next, if his party Zanu-PF follow up on their promise.

They said they would start proceedings for impeachment.

The National Assembly and the Senate can begin proceedings to remove the president if both pass simple majority votes against him.

This can either be on grounds of "serious misconduct", "violation" of the constitution or "failure to obey, uphold or defend" it, or "incapacity".

Once the votes are passed, the two chambers must then appoint a joint committee to investigate removing the president.

If the committee recommends impeachment, the president can then be removed if both houses back it with two-thirds majorities.

That's according to section 97 of the constitution.

The vast majority of elected Zanu-PF representatives, like the opposition, are now in favour of removing Mugabe, reports AFP News agency.

But the process could be slow.

AFP adds that impeachment would result in Vice President Phelekeza Mphoko being head of state.

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Source - BBC