Zimbabwe’s first presidential elections without Robert Mugabe on the ballot are likely to end in a crisis requiring mediation by Canada and other neutral members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the international community.
According to the Zimbabwe constitution watchdog Veritas, the three constitutional options available to military following the coup staged by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces this week are: 1) Replacing President Mugabe with a new president 2) Allowing President Mugabe to continue in office and 3) a transitional government or government of national unity.
Here’s the full text of the statement issued by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces after staging a “coup” against President Robert Mugabe, 93, on Tuesday. The military denies staging a coup. Apparently it’s unprecedented actions are “only targeting criminals” around Mugabe, whose “security is guaranteed”.