Zanu-PF appointed ex-Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired by Mr Mugabe two weeks ago, in his place.

The party has given Mr Mugabe, 93, until 1000 GMT on Monday to resign as president, or face impeachment.

The military intervened last week, reportedly to block him from installing his wife as his successor.

The first lady, Grace Mugabe, has been expelled from the party altogether.

Mr Mugabe is set to meet military leaders on Sunday and a motorcade has been seen leaving his private residence.

Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans attended street protests on Saturday, demonstrating against the Mugabes.

Correspondent Andrew Harding, who has been at the Zanu-PF meeting, said cheering erupted as the decision was announced.

One senior official later told him: “It’s the dawn of a new era. Mugabe can go farming.”

The move has yet to be formalised, but it increases further the pressure on Mr Mugabe that has been building over the past few days.

The head of the influential War Veterans Association, Chris Mutsvangwa, threatened to “bring back the crowds and they will do their business” if Mr Mugabe did not step down.

Mr Mugabe has been president of Zimbabwe for 37 years.

Source: BBC

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