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Zimbabwe's Biti sees opportunity for transitional authority

Nov 15 2017 17:32
Godfrey Marawanyika, Bloomberg

Harare - The “coup” carried out by Zimbabwe’s military offers an opportunity for the country to bring in a “national transitional authority” to deal with its problems, says Tendai Biti, a former finance minister.  

“To us, this is a coup, no matter what they say," Biti said by phone on Wednesday.

"However, we equally understand the reasons raised by the army as we were approaching a near-dynastic state."

READ: Mugabe's era is ending as Zimbabwean military seizes power

It’s also a chance for the United Nations, African Union and the Southern African Development Community to help find a “lasting solution” to the problems facing the country, he said.

The armed forces seized power in Zimbabwe after a week of confrontation with President Robert Mugabe’s government, saying they were acting to stave off violent conflict in the southern African nation.

WATCH: Alex Magaisa, law professor at University of Kent, discusses the actions of Constantine Chiwenga, pictured here.

Mugabe, who at age 93 is the world’s oldest-serving leader, risks being forced from office after the military seized control of the southern African nation.

Mugabe’s tenure as president spans 37 consecutive years, the second-longest after Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who took power eight months before him.

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