Tanks outside Zimbabwe's Harare a day after army chief's threat to 'step in'

ASSOCIATED PRESS
HARARE, Zimbabwe
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Photo taken from Twitter
Photo taken from Twitter

Zimbabwe is on edge as army tanks were seen Tuesday outside the capital a day after the army commander threatened to "step in" to calm political tensions over the president's firing of his deputy.

The Associated Press saw three tanks with several soldiers in a convoy on a road heading toward an army barracks just outside Harare.

While it is routine for tanks to move along that route, Tuesday's timing heightens unease in this country that for the first time is seeing an open rift between the military and 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe last week fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and accused him of plotting to take power. Over 100 senior officials allegedly backing Mnangagwa have been listed for disciplinary measures by a faction associated with Mugabe's wife.

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