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Zimbabwe: Mugabe Addresses Country,Vows To Stay in Power


Embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Sunday vowed to stay in power despite an ultimatum given by his party that said it would move to impeach him if he fails to resign by Midday Monday. 
Mugabe In a televised message to his country said he met with the nation's security force command before speaking to the nation. 
Members of ZANU-PF, which Mugabe co-founded to usher his country into independence, voted the 93-year-old President out on Sunday and anointed Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice president fired by Mugabe earlier this month, as new party leader.
Rumors were making the rounds before the address that Mugabe would resign the presidency.
While acknowledging the struggles and criticisms that led the nation's security forces to seize power, and the pressure for him to resign, Mugabe said he will preside over the ZANU-PF congress in December.
"Today's meeting with the command element has underscored the need for us to collectively start processes that return our nation to normalcy. So that all our people can go about their business unhindered, in an environment of perfect peace and security. "
He also enumerated all the concerns raised by the nation's security force and his own party, including the struggling Zimbabwean economy, and added they should be attended to with great urgency.
During his address, Mugabe was flanked by various uniformed members of the Zimbabwean armed forces. His address was received with tepid applause by those sitting next to him. Minutes later he stood up and shook hands with members of the armed forces.
Removing Mugabe as party leader does not dethrone him as Zimbabwe's President, but it is a clear indication that if parliament holds a vote on his future, they will have the numbers to impeach him.

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