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Mugabe 'glowed' when he signed resignation letter - friend

Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 00:57

Robert Mugabe ''glowed'' when he signed a letter informing Zimbabwe's parliament of his resignation last week, a close friend of the former president said on Sunday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Robert Mugabe "glowed" when he signed a letter informing Zimbabwe's parliament of his resignation last week, a close friend of the former president said on Sunday. Father Fidelis Mukonori, a Jesuit priest, mediated Mugabe's resignation with the military. He denied a report published on Sunday by Zimbabwe newspaper, The Standard, saying that Mugabe cried and lamented "betrayal by his lieutenants" when he agreed to step down. He explained why the former president did not announce that he was stepping down as expected when he addressed the nation on Nov. 19, saying that in the last 48 hours of Mugabe's rule "the spirit [of resignation] was already there". Mukonori said Mugabe had wanted a gradual and smooth transition of power to Zimbabwe's new president Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose dismissal by Mugabe initiated the military seizing power. His signed resignation letter was read out on Tuesday, as parliament heard a motion to impeach him.

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Mugabe 'glowed' when he signed resignation letter - friend

Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 00:57