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Zimbabwe military coup as Robert Mugabe overthrown by the head of the armed forces, Gen. Constantino Chiwenga.

Robert Mugabe attempted coup in Zimbabwe. PHOTO | Reuters

Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe was overthrown by defense forces claimed to be managed by the head of the armed forces, Constantino Chiwenga. The country plunged into crisis after the President sacked his deputy president Emmerson Mnangagwa mysteriously.

The military coup covered the Zimbabwe capital Harare as the Defense forces captured the National Radio and Television. The public buildings were under tight security from the defense forces.

Earlier on Tuesday, the youth wing of Zimbabwe's ruling party accused the military chief of subverting the constitution for threatening to intervene after President Robert Mugabe plunged the country into crisis by sacking Mnangagwa last week.

Mnangagwa, 75, a long-serving veteran of Zimbabwe's 1970s liberation wars, had been viewed as a likely successor to Mugabe before the president fired him on November 6.

In an unprecedented step, the head of the armed forces, Constantino Chiwenga, openly threatened to intervene in politics on Monday if the purge of war veterans did not stop.

"We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that, when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in," Chiwenga said in a statement read to reporters at a news conference packed with top brass on Monday.

The police units who have been making law and order were ordered to stay aside as they performed what the sacked vice president ordered to be done. The country is under military after 37 years of Mugabe ruling since independence.

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