HARARE, Zimbabwe — Africa is riveted by the drama that has left longtime Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe resisting calls to step down even while under military house arrest.
Many across the continent have known no other leader of the once-prosperous southern African nation but the 93-year-old Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state.
Here is a look at his more than three decades in power:
1980: Mugabe named prime minister after independence elections
1982: Military action begins in Matabeleland against perceived uprising; government is accused of killing thousands of civilians
1987: Mugabe changes the constitution and becomes president
1994: Mugabe receives honorary British knighthood
2000: Land seizures of white-owned farms begin; Western donors cut off aid
2005: The United States calls Zimbabwe an “outpost of tyranny”
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2008: Mugabe and opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai agree to share power after a contested election; Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II annuls Mugabe’s honorary knighthood
2011: Prime Minister Tsvangirai declares power-sharing a failure amid violence
2013: Mugabe wins the seventh term; opposition alleges election fraud
2016: #ThisFlag protest movement emerges; independence war veterans turn on Mugabe, calling him “dictatorial”
As developments continue to unfold in #Zimbabwe #RobertMugabe might be looking back and wondering if if his rule wasn’t a tale of two wives. One that died too soon and the other that ended up being his Achilles heel. #ThisFlag🇿🇼 #SaveZim pic.twitter.com/7tSvBKP94U
— Peter Ndoro (@peterndoro) November 15, 2017
2017: Mugabe begins campaigning for 2018 elections
Nov. 6: Mugabe fires deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, appearing to position first lady Grace Mugabe for vice president post
Nov. 15: Army announces it has Mugabe and his wife in custody as military appears to take control
Nov. 18: Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans march against Mugabe
Nov. 19: Ruling party Central Committee tells Mugabe to resign as president by noon Monday or face impeachment.
He addresses the nation but does not step aside
Robert Mugabe did not resign. Robert is finished. The party decided that he and Grace etc are history. He is likely to be impeached. Worst speech ever. #Zimbabwe
— Trevor Ncube (@TrevorNcube) November 19, 2017