Zimbabwe military engaging Mugabe on the way forward

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President Robert Mugabe poses with General Constantino Chiwenga at State House in Harare.

President Robert Mugabe poses with General Constantino Chiwenga at State House in Harare.

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President Robert Mugabe poses with General Constantino Chiwenga at State House in Harare.

President Robert Mugabe poses with General Constantino Chiwenga at State House in Harare.

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HARARE - Zimbabwe&39;s military said it was engaging President Robert Mugabe in talks on the way forward for the country.

It would advise the nation on the outcome as soon as possible.

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The military added in a statement broadcast on Zimbabwean television that it had made "significant progress" in its operation targeting "criminals" around Mugabe.

Mugabe&39;s fate hung in the balance on Friday as he apparently resisted efforts to make him step down following a seizure of power by the army, until this week a key pillar of his 37-year-rule.

The United States, a longtime critic of Mugabe over allegations of human rights abuses and election rigging, is seeking "a new era" for Zimbabwe, the State Department&39;s top official for Africa said, an implicit call for the nonagenarian leader to quit.

The unfolding drama in the capital, Harare, was thrown into confusion when a smiling Mugabe was pictured shaking hands with Zimbabwe&39;s military chief, the man behind the coup, raising questions about whether or not the end of an era was near.