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Military Coup in Zimbabwe: President Mugabe Makes First Public Appearance (Photos)

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on Friday attended a graduation ceremony in what it is termed first public appearance since the country’s army took over on Wednesday.

According to BBC report, he attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare.

Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor.

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Photo credit: Reuters – Mugabe wore blue and yellow robes and a mortarboard hat

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The military said on Friday it was “engaging” with Mr Mugabe and would advise the public on the outcome of talks “as soon as possible”.

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A witness quoted by Reuters news agency says Mr Mugabe was cheered by the crowd at the graduation ceremony after he spoke.

The army took control after Mr Mugabe last week sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, signalling that he favoured his wife Grace Mugabe to take over his Zanu-PF party and the presidency.

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