Zimbabwe’s ruling party has expelled Robert Mugabe as its chief in the latest challenge to his presidency, according to CNN.
CNN on Sunday reported that the ZANU-PF party has also set a Monday deadline for Mugabe to end his tenure as Zimbabwe’s leader.
ZANU-PF members on Sunday voted Mugabe out of the party he co-founded to help usher Zimbabwe into independence.
The party also noted that if Mugabe did not announce his resignation by midday Monday that its members would take action to impeach him in Zimbabwe’s Parliament.
The ZANU-PF additionally named former Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the party’s new leader.
Mnangagwa has been central to the political turmoil in Zimbabwe since Mugabe fired him earlier this month.
Social media video of Sunday’s meeting showed ZANU-PF members dancing and singing in celebration after the vote against Mugabe.
ZANU-PF official Obert Mpofu opened up the event in Henare, Zimbabwe’s capital city, by voicing the party’s intention to oust Mugabe after almost four decades of rule.
Mugabe’s 37-year reign has seemingly been in jeopardy since Zimbabwe’s army grabbed power in Harare last Wednesday.
Zimbabwe’s military is now growing frustrated by Mugabe’s refusals to quietly resign without being forced from his role instead.
Sources on Sunday told CNN that an agreement would involve Mugabe stepping aside for an interim president.
The ZANU-PF would likely then install Mnangagwa as the party’s next leader at Zimbabwe’s congress in December, clearing his way to the nation’s presidency in its 2018 election.
Mnangagwa has not been seen since his firing on Nov. 6, but CNN reported that he has been critical for some time in efforts to wrest power from Mugabe.
Tens of thousands of protesters took to Zimbabwe’s streets on Saturday to demand Mugabe’s exit.
Zimbabwe’s Indigenization Minister Patrick Zhuwao on Sunday said that Mugabe, 93, is “willing to die for his principles.”
“He is willing to die to protect the constitution,” added Zhuwao, who is also Mugabe’s nephew besides serving in his government.