Thousands gathered in the centre of Harare
on Saturday to demand the resignation of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
Euphoric crowds filled streets in the centre of the city and cars honked their horns. "It's like Christmas," said one marcher, adding Zimbabweans had been suffering for a long time and were now happy, reports the Guardian.
Many carried national flags. One had a poster with a message for the 93-year-old president: "Leave Zimbabwe
now!!!" while a vendor at an intersection held up a newspaper with the headline: "Mugabe
The rally, deemed as a "solidarity march", is supported by the military which staged a takeover on Wednesday after a power struggle over Muagabe's successor, reports the BBC.
Regional branches of the ruling Zanu-PF party and war veterans, who until now were loyal to the President, on Friday said Mugabe
should quit within 48 hours.
By late Friday afternoon, all 10 of the country's provincial Zanu-PF branches had passed motions of no confidence in the President.
This could lead to Mugabe
being stripped of his office of president of the party by Sunday, one official told the Guardian
Earlier on Friday, Mugabe, who had been confined to his luxurious residence in the upscale Harare
neighbourhood of Borrowdale since the military takeover, attended a university graduation ceremony on the outskirts of the capital city.
Clad in academic gown and hat, he walked slowly in a procession on a red carpet to a podium as a marching band played. He was applauded as he announced the opening of the ceremony.
On Friday morning an Army statement describing "significant progress" was broadcast on national television and published by state-run media.
Since the takeover, the military has arrested about a dozen senior officials and leading members of the G40, a faction of Zanu-PF, who are loyal to First Lady Grace Mugabe, who has not been seen since.
Sources told the Guardian
she was in her husband's Harare
residence when he was detained on Tuesday.
sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week, apparently to pave the way for the First Lady, who is four decades younger than him, to take over the presidency instead.
has led Zimbabwe
since it gained independence from Britain in 1980.