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Zimbabwe ruling party fires 11 MPs allied to ex-president Mugabe

Zimbabwean senators and members of parliament react after the resignation of then-president Robert Mugabe, in Harare, Zimbabwe, on November 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF Party has fired from parliament 11 allies of former leader Robert Mugabe, as President Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly continues a purge of officials that publicly supported his old boss and wife, Grace.

Mnangagwa came to power in November after 93-year-old Mugabe was forced to resign following a de facto military coup.

Mnangagwa has spoken against retribution, but local media reports say a ZANU-PF restructuring process around the country was targeting those who publicly backed Mugabe and Grace, whose tilt at power resulted in the military intervention.

This file photo, taken on June 02, 2017, shows Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe (L) with his wife, Grace Mugabe (R), raising their fists in a vehicle before meeting delegates during a ruling party youth rally at Rudhaka Stadium, in Marondera. (By AFP)

According to a transcript of parliament procedures from Thursday, deputy speaker of parliament Mabel Chinomona said ZANU-PF had notified the house of assembly that the 11 no longer represented its interests, triggering their dismissal.

Some of the legislators were cabinet ministers in Mugabe's government. In November, ZANU-PF fired five top Mugabe allies from parliament, including Jonathan Moyo, a fiercely combative mouthpiece for a faction that backed Grace Mugabe's rise.

Many of Mugabe's political allies were either arrested by the military in a series of spectacular raids in the early hours of November 15 last year or fled to neighboring countries.

In private, Mnangagwa's allies worry that some of Mugabe's supporters could regroup and campaign against the new president in elections that will be held in four to five months.

Moyo told Reuters last week that the international community must help remove the "military government" that has taken power or risk the country descending into chaos.

(Source: Reuters)

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