Aide confirms Mnangagwa's return to Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe's former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa has returned to the country.

HARARE - Zimbabwe&39;s former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose sacking last week triggered the military takeover, has returned to the country, a senior aide told AFP on Friday.

"Yes, he is back," said the aide, who declined to be named, adding that Mnangagwa, who is a potential successor to President Robert Mugabe, had returned on Thursday after nearly a week abroad.

In talks with the army chief on Thursday, Mugabe refused to resign, as sources suggested the veteran leader was "buying time" to negotiate his exit.

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The talks in Harare came after soldiers put Mugabe under house arrest, took over state TV and blockaded main roads in a stunning turnaround for the president who has ruled the country with an iron fist since 1980.

Zimbabwe&39;s military chiefs said in a statement on Friday they had detained some "criminals" in Mugabe&39;s government after seizing power in the dispute over who would succeed the 93-year-old leader.

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