Ousted Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has refused to officially step down, two days after the country’s army seized power.
Images surfaced of 93-year old Mugabe and General Constantino Chiwenga at the state office in Harare, as both parties negotiated a deal.
According to reports, Mugabe is refusing to step down, clinging to the position he has held for the past 37 years. He reportedly believes the coup that took down his government was illegal, rebuffing the attempts of a close friend and Catholic priest, to mediate.
Reports also say Mugabe wants to finish his current presidential term, which ends in 2018, before leaving office.
The coup happened on Tuesday, when troops moved to seize the state TV channel’s studios and other important sites.
The army then declared on national television in the early hours of Wednesday morning that it had temporarily taken control of the country to “target criminals” around Mugabe.
Former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired after a power tussle with first lady Grace Mugabe, has returned to the country and is expected to be the new president.
Members of Grace’s G40 faction were detained in the takeover and face prosecution, while “Gucci Grace”, as she is called in Zimbabwe, is expected to leave the country.
Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, called on all involved parties to resolve the Zimbabwe situation in a calm manner.
In a statement, he said: “The Secretary-General is closely following developments in Zimbabwe and calls for continued calm.
“He underlines the importance of resolving political differences through peaceful means, including through dialogue and in conformity with the country’s Constitution.”
Adding: “The Secretary-General reiterates the United Nations’ commitment to continuing to support Zimbabwe’s national efforts to consolidate democratic governance.”