Zimbabwe’s embattled President Robert Mugabe was given a deadline by the country’s ruling party to step down Monday, or face impeachment.
The ZANU-PF party dismissed Mugabe, 93, as its leader Sunday and told him he must quit by noon local time (5 a.m. ET).
Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state, made a televised address to the nation Sunday in which he was widely expected to resign after 37 years in power, but failed to do so.
The Zimbabwean army put Mugabe and his wife Grace under house arrest on Tuesday last week, and also took control of the state broadcaster and the airport in the capital, Harare.
ZANU-PF's Central Committee is expected to ratify the removal of Mugabe as head of the party, the expulsion of first lady Grace Mugabe and the naming of Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe recently fired as vice president, to be his successor.