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Army has Mugabe, wife in custody, denies military takeover

(CBC News) Zimbabwe’s military controls the capital Harare and the state broadcaster and is holding President Robert Mugabe, 93, and his wife under house arrest. It appears that the world’s oldest head of state has been deposed by a coup.

The military is at pains, however, to say it didn’t stage a military takeover, instead starting a process to restore Zimbabwe’s democracy.

After 37 years, the military seems to have brought an end to Mugabe’s long reign in what the army’s supporters praised as a “bloodless correction.” South Africa and other neighbouring countries have sent leaders to negotiate with Mugabe and the generals to encourage the transition.

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