Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has agreed to stand down and his resignation letter has been drafted, CNN said on Monday, citing a source familiar with his negotiations with the generals who seized power in Harare last week.
Quoting the source, the news network said the army generals had given into many of Mugabe’s demands, including full immunity for himself and his wife Grace, and that he would keep his private property.
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According to the source, the aim of Sunday’s televised address in which Mugabe appeared to resist calls to step aside was to ensure the veteran leader openly declared the military’s actions to be constitutional.
Two senior government sources also told Reuters late on Sunday that Mugabe had agreed to resign but did not know details of his departure.
For the resignation to formally take place, however, a letter must first be sent to the speaker of Parliament, added the source.
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Mugabe had stunned the nation on Sunday when he refused to say in a live televised address if he was stepping down.
His party Zanu-PF had earlier sacked him as party leader, and given him less than 24 hours to resign as president or be impeached after military seized power and kept him under house arrest.