Zimbabwe military engaging Mugabe on the way forward

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HARARE - Zimbabwe'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'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'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's military chief, the man behind the coup, raising questions about whether or not the end of an era was near.


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