>> A Monday deadline for embattled Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to resign has passed with no word from the ruler under house arrest by the military. The ultimatum was imposed by his own ruling party which has removed him as its leader. Now the country's parliament is starting a formal impeachment process to legitimize the military action beginning on Tuesday.
That, as political sources tell Reuters, an outright coup would be condemned internationally. It doesn't look like Mugabe's budging, his staff announcing a routine cabinet meeting on the same day the impeachment process is set to begin. Even though in a now deleted tweet his education minister, Jonathan Moyo, said Moyo and at least 50 other party officials who were purged from the party at the same time as Mugabe had actually fled the country.
And in a confusing televised address on Sunday, Mugabe even claimed he'd preside over an upcoming party congress, as if he were still their boss. The congress is due in a few weeks from now, I'll preside over its processes.>> Hundreds of thousands flooded the capitol streets celebrating his expected downfall.
CNN has reported that a resignation letter has been drafted by the president, citing anonymous sources. If he does step aside, it is not clear what they will mean for Zimbabwe's future. Mugabe's party says it wants to change the constitution to reduce executive power, a possible sign of moves toward a more democratic and progressive system.
Yet the pick of former Vice Emmerson Mnangagwa as their new leader has cast doubt on that. His firing by Mugabe in favor of the president's wife sparked current crisis, but Mnangagwa was also the head of state security during the 1980s during a crackdown that killed 20,000 people.