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Zimbabwe parliament opens session to begin Mugabe impeachment

The ruling party has chosen Emmerson Mnangagwa to replace Mugabe

ANI  |  Harare (Zimbabwe) 

Robert Mugabe
Harare : Terrence Chari poses as he mimics a painting of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in Mbare Harare, Monday, Nov, 20, 2017 | AP/PTI

The Zimbabwean Parliament has started the impeachment process of embattled President Robert Mugabe, said media reports on Tuesday.

Zimbabwe's military seized power early on Wednesday and since then Mugabe has refused to resign.

Ruling has drafted an impeachment motion that said Mugabe was a "source of instability", had shown disrespect for the rule of law, and was to blame for an unprecedented economic tailspin over the past 15 years.

Mugabe is also accused of allowing his wife, Grace Mugabe, to "usurp constitutional power".

The party reportedly discussed the 93-year-old leader's impeachment on Monday, after a noon (9:00 pm AEDT) deadline expired for him to resign after nearly four decades in power.

On paper, the impeachment is relatively long-winded, involving a joint sitting of the Senate and National Assembly, then a nine-member committee of senators, then another joint sitting to confirm his dismissal with a two-thirds majority.

The ruling party has chosen to replace Mugabe.

Mnangagwa, a veteran of the liberation war and for decades Mugabe's right-hand man, fled into exile earlier this month after being ousted from his position in government and by a faction allied to the president's wife.

First Published: Tue, November 21 2017. 20:34 IST