Robert Mugabe: What now after sacked President’s resignation?

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In his last public appearance on Friday, Robert Mugabe made no reference to the ongoing crisis which ended up with his resignation on Tuesday

Robert Mugabe shocked Zimbabwe and the world when he resigned as president on Tuesday, ending his 37-year grip on power. It
also plunged the nation into uncertainty, raising institutional
questions over succession although the military will likely retain power
for now.
Speaking to AFP, Derek Matyszak, an analyst at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies, outlined what he expected to happen next:

What now?

“I
think we’re going to see (ousted vice president) Emmerson Mnangagwa
sworn in very quickly… As far as I understand (second vice president
Mphoko Phelekezela) is not in the country right now. The cabinet should
meet if there’s no president or vice president and appoint one,”
he said.
The
current crisis was triggered by a dispute over who would succeed
Mugabe, and in his resignation letter, the 93-year-old president did not
suggest who would succeed him.
Whoever
takes over will only be there for “an interim period” he said, noting
that Mugabe’s ZANU-PF had already chosen Mnangagwa as their replacement
leader to stand in elections slated for 2018.
“The
acting president is only supposed to be there for an interim period,
while they wait for (the ruling) ZANU-PF to nominate a replacement for
Mugabe — but they have already nominated Mnangagwa as their choice for
elections in 2018.”

What of the opposition?

“What
the opposition should be doing is to use this moment to try and
mobilise and lobby for the introduction of a more democratic
dispensation,”
said Matyszak.
In his
first remarks since the military takeover, Mnangagwa had on Tuesday
appeared to make overtures to the opposition, he said.
“Mnangagwa’s statement did mention that he is prepared to reach out to the opposition.”

And the economy?

“The
new leader needs to present a friendly face to the international
community. The country is on the brink of an economic meltdown. If that
meltdown occurs, the military won’t get paid and you will have a
possibility of another coup,”
said Matyszak.
“A lot needs to be done and done very quickly.”

Was Mugabe’s resignation expected?

“Mugabe
might have been hoping that the impeachment process would not succeed,
that it might stumble in getting the numbers together.
“But I think when he saw the turnout (of lawmakers) he probably realised he’d better jump before he was pushed,” said Matyszak.

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