Mugabe plans to retire after next polls: Reports
Harare: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is planning to retire after his country’s next elections and is seeking immunity from prosecution for a string of human rights abuses, it has emerged.
According to a report in a South African newspaper, an official claimed that Mugabe wanted to ensure he could continue living securely and without risk of prosecution following his retirement, but had decided it was time to step down following three decades of power.
Mugabe, 87, is hoping to secure victory at polls this year or in 2013 before handing over to a younger successor, the report said.
The unnamed official said that ``’the plan is that after the elections Mugabe will retire and hand over power to a senior party official, who will complete his term while consolidating himself or herself.’
“The president is now making plans to retire and resolve the succession issue, but only after he gets security guarantees,” the daily quoted the official, as saying.
“Depending on what constitution would be in place, how the successor comes in would be determined by the constitutional and political circumstances, particularly the outcome of the elections insofar as it concerns the distribution of seats in parliament and the executive arrangement,” the official added.
The newspaper reported that Mugabe revealed his plan to retire on Wednesday during a meeting of senior officials from his ruling Zanu-PF party.
Mugabe has been blamed for a series of human rights abuses as he used fear and intimidation to ensure his continued control.
He lost a presidential election in 2008, but clung to power and was forced into a unity government with the country’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Vadodara: Policemen seen dancing with bar girls
- PM Modi speaks at Golden Jubilee celebrations of poet Dinkar’s works
- Zee Media Exclusive: Kangana, Madhavan talk about their film 'Tanu Weds Manu Returns'
- DNA: Harmful chemicals found in Maggi, Nestle India still in denial mode
- Coal scam: Naveen Jindal, Madhu Koda and others get bail
- One year of Modi govt: Arun Jaitley addresses press conference
- ISIS executes Syrian fighter using anti-tank rocket launcher
- CM Kejriwal shortlists 39 'unwanted' IAS officers in Delhi
- Zee Media Exclusive interview with Congress leader Kamal Nath
- DNA: Modi-led NDA govt's hits and misses in one year
- Rajasthan: Gujjars revive reservation agitation, block rail track
- Columbia student takes rape-protest mattress to graduation
- J Jayalalithaa sworn-in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
- Mumbai: One injured in shootout at Film City
- Delhi: Car catches fire after crash, one dead
- IPL 2015, Qualifier 2: CSK vs RCB - As it happened...
- Tanu Weds Manu Returns movie review: Kangana Ranaut steals the show!
- India to soon have its own space shuttle!
- Kejriwal slams notification on LG's powers, says Modi running Delhi govt through back door
- PM Narendra Modi graces Digvijay Singh's son wedding reception
- Rahul Gandhi to pressurise govt to act on one-rank-one-pension issue
- CBSE 12th Results 2015: CBSE Board Cbse.nic.in & cbseresults.nic class 12th XII board exam Results 2015 date announced
- Goa Board SSC Exam Results 2015 announced
- ISIS close to buying nuclear weapon from Pakistan?
- Businessman shot next to Amitabh Bachchan's shooting location in Mumbai Film City
- Manohar Parrikar visits forward areas along LoC, reviews security situation
- RBSE 12th Science & Commerce Board Result 2015 declared
- RBSE rajresults.nic.in & rajeduboard.nic.in 12th Results 2015: BSER Ajmer Rajasthan Board Class 12th XII Senior Secondary Science & Commerce Exam Results 2015 to be declared shortly
- There will be no delay in appointing CIC, CVC: Jitendra Singh
- rajresults.nic.in RBSE Rajasthan Board BSER Class 12th Science and Commerce Exam Results 2015 to be declared shortly