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    London, July 26, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Sudan’s military said Wednesday it had arrested a top general and several others over a foiled coup attempt announced earlier this month. “At the top of the participants is General Hashim Abdel Mottalib, the head of joint chiefs of staff, and a number of officers from the National Intelligence and Security ...
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    London, May 28, 2019A Gambian military court on Monday sentenced seven soldiers to nine years in jail for plotting to overthrow President Adama Barrow, and handed a three-year prison term to another. The sentences relate to events in 2017 after the ouster of strongman Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the tiny West African country with an ...
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    By the thousands upon thousands, the people thronged the streets, waving banners, chanting slogans. A long-awaited future was fast approaching their land, Zimbabwe. One name was on all their lips: Robert Mugabe. But this was not the huge crowd that flowed through Harare, the country’s capital, on Saturday, clamoring for Mr. Mugabe and his wife, ...
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    But to complete this picture of legality, they need Mr. Mugabe’s cooperation — a fact that the president clearly understands and is exploiting as he reportedly negotiates his future and that of his family. The quandary also helps explain the continued absence of Mr. Mnangagwa, who had been engaged in a long-running feud with the ...
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    Advertisement HARARE, Zimbabwe — The rapid fall of Zimbabwe’s president, whose legendary guile and ruthlessness helped him outmaneuver countless adversaries over nearly four decades, probably has surprised no one more than Robert Mugabe himself. For years, he was so confident of his safety — and his potency — that he took monthlong vacations away from ...
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    Advertisement I couldn’t sleep. I follow twimbos (Zimbabwean Twitter users) and am part of several WhatsApp groups, none of which has anything to do with politics; yet all were a flurry of news — real or fake. Family members on the ground were less sure of what was happening, while those in the diaspora were ...
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    Mr. Mugabe was detained early Wednesday by senior military commanders who denied having mounted a coup. Instead, the commanders started negotiations with Mr. Mugabe, representatives of the Roman Catholic Church and South African mediators. Mr. Mutsvangwa called the commanders’ actions a “judicious military intervention.” The talks are intended to devise some form of transition that ...
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    Advertisement The son of farmers, he was a hardened freedom fighter by 16, trained as a lawyer and rose to become chief of his new country’s fearsome intelligence service. Known as the “Crocodile,” he once explained the nickname by saying: “It strikes at the appropriate time.” Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice president of Zimbabwe until he ...
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    Advertisement JOHANNESBURG — When Zimbabwe’s generals moved against President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday, their action foreshadowed the potential end of more than just one political career. It echoed across a continent where the notion of the “big man” leader is defined equally by the lure of power in perpetuity and the risk that, one day, ...
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    Photo The streets of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, seemed calm on Thursday, but soldiers in camouflage rode on armored personnel carriers, and a lone fighter jet roared above. Credit Aaron Ufumeli/European Pressphoto Agency HARARE, Zimbabwe — Feeling their way through uncharted territory after the military placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest, Zimbabweans ventured ...