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Zimbabwe: President Mugabe detained

Robert_Mugabe_May_2015President Mugabe has been detained in bloodless transition and is safe, Zimbabwe’s ruling party says while denying ‘coup’ took place

The South African president, Jacob Zuma,  has expressed concern at the unfolding situation in Zimbabwe, calling for it to be resolved amicably, Reuters reports.

The BBC reports that after seizing state TV, an army spokesman announced it “was targeting people close to Mr Mugabe who had caused social and economic suffering”.

The move came after Mr Mugabe sacked his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in favour of his wife, Grace.
Heavy gun and artillery fire could be heard in northern parts of the capital Harare early on Wednesday.

A statement read out by a general on air denied it was a coup and said Mr Mugabe was safe but did not say where.

A Guardian correspondent in Harare quotes one official,  saying people in Zimbabwe are “excited because they are ready for change”.

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