Zimbabwe latest: Mugabe makes first public appearance

Robert Mugabe and others on university podiumImage copyright Reuters
Image caption Mr Mugabe wore blue and yellow robes and a mortarboard hat

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country’s army took over on Wednesday.

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.

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”.

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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