President Robert Mugabe has been ousted in Zimbabwe following what the army called a “non-coup”. Former Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwe has been made interim president.
Mugabe last week sacked Mnangagwe after accusing him of planning to take over forcefully.
The army has taken over the state TV, ZBC.
The ruling party ZANU-PF however said “there was no coup, only a bloodless transition”.
Mugabe, 93, is currently being detained by the army
Military vehicles blocked roads outside the parliament in Harare and senior soldiers delivered a late-night television address to the nation.
“We wish to assure the nation that his excellency the president… and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed,” Major General Sibusiso Moyo said, slowly reading out a statement.
“We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes… As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”
Moyo said “this is not a military takeover of government”.
After Mnangagwe was dismissed last week, First Lady, Grace, was in prime position to succeed her 93-year-old husband who has ruled the country since independence from Britain in 1980.