On November 14 the Zimbabwe military lined the streets, wrestled control of the nation’s state TV, placed their own President under house arrest, and arrested members of the Government.
Claiming the intervention was a “bloodless takeover” of power, the military then spent several days in negotiation with the President before he was forced to resign.
Despite the “takeover”, last night a member of the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party bizarrely insisted on keeping up the pretence that there was no coup.
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Speaking on BBC Newsnight, Xavier Zavare said: “The evidence of what we have seen is that the military have tried as much as they can with this intervention to let the government function and to make sure that the world understands that it is not a coup.”
The show’s guest went on to desperately try and defend his claim by suggesting the military were “just helping out a difficult situation”.