Mugabe’s exit is ‘a done deal’ but Zimbabwe is still in limbo


The decades-long grip on power of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe appeared to be over on Thursday as his main opposition rival returned to the country amid efforts to form a transitional government.

Morgan Tsvangirai, who had been receiving cancer treatment abroad, returned to Harare after Wednesday’s military takeover, two sources with knowledge of his movements said.
One source, a senior member of Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party, said talks were underway with military leaders about an administration that includes the opposition, with the tacit backing of key regional allies.
The source described the arrangement as a “a done deal,” but there was no indication on Thursday that Mugabe plans to go quietly. The 93-year-old leader, who is under house arrest in Harare, has not made any public statement since the military seized control.

Key developments

Where is Mugabe?: South African President Jacob Zuma said the 93-year-old leader was detained at home but was “fine.” He hasn’t made a public statement since events unfolded Wednesday.
South African envoys: Two envoys dispatched by Zuma arrived in Harare for talks Thursday. Zuma, as chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has called for a meeting in Botswana Thursday.
Key ally apologizes: Kudzanai Chipan, head of the Zanu-PF Youth League, appeared on state television to issue an apology for criticizing the head of the armed forces earlier this week.
Streets ‘quiet’: Tanks were seen at key intersections in the city Wednesday though there were few other signs of a change in leadership.

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