Harare — Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was meeting with a South African delegation at the state house Thursday as negotiations pushed for a resolution to the political turmoil and the likely end to his decades-long rule.
South Africa President Jacob Zuma, speaking in parliament, said the political situation "very shortly will be becoming clear." The talks include the military and, reportedly, the Catholic church.
Seizing on the political limbo to speak out, civil society groups and opposition leaders urged Mugabe to step aside after 37 years in power and for the country to transition into free and fair elections.
Mugabe has been in military custody, reportedly with his wife, since the army stepped in overnight Tuesday. There was no sign of former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose firing last week angered supporters in the military amid widespread concern that unpopular first lady Grace Mugabe would take his place.
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