Mugabe defies demands to quit as President of Zimbabwe

Zimbabweans react as they watch a television broadcasting an address by President Robert Mugabe at Harare Sports Club in Harare on November 19, 2017, following a meeting with army chiefs who have seized power in Zimbabwe. (AFP)

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe defied expectations he would resign on Sunday ,November 19, pledging to preside over a ZANU-PF congress next month even though the ruling party had removed him as its leader hours earlier.

ZANU-PF had given the 93-year-old less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to secure a peaceful end to his tenure after a de facto coup.

Mugabe said in an address on state television that he acknowledged criticism against him from ZANU-PF, the military and the public, but did not comment on the possibility of standing down.

In a restaurant in Harare, opinions on the speech broadly expressed disappointment that Mugabe had not stepped down immediately.

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