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UPDATED: Defiant Mugabe refuses to step down in address to the nation

- Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 93, was expected to resign after 37 years in power

- The embattled President of Zimbabwe tonight, Sunday, November 19 addressed Zimbabweans

- Mugabe and his wife had been under house arrest since the military took over the country

- However, in an address to the nation, Mugabe vows to stay on as president

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe in an address to the nation has vowed to stay in power for several weeks, despite intensifying pressure on him to stand down.

In a live TV address, Mr Mugabe said he would preside over the ruling party's congress in December.

NAIJ.com gathered that the Zimbabwe’s leader was to make a live television address on Sunday, November 18, the state television had announced as the veteran leader faced the apparent end of his 37-year rule.

“President RG Mugabe to address the nation live from State House tonight. Please stay tuned,” said a ticker announcement on the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation channel.

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The US news has reported that Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is resigning after nearly four decades in power, according to an official close to the talks on his departure.

The news came hours after the ruling party's Central Committee fired Mugabe as party leader and said if he didn't resign as the country's president by noon Monday it would start impeachment proceedings.

Mugabe addressed the nation on state-run television but remained defiant. The official close to the talks spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

It is an extraordinary end to 37 years in power for the world's oldest head of state, who had vowed to rule until death.

The 93-year-old Mugabe has been under house arrest since the military moved in Tuesday, angered by his firing of his longtime deputy and the positioning of unpopular first lady Grace Mugabe to succeed him.

Mugabe tried to buy time in negotiations with the military on a dignified exit but quickly found himself isolated.

Tens of thousands of people poured into the streets of the capital Saturday, to demand that Mugabe, one of Africa's last remaining liberation leaders, step aside after overseeing the once-prosperous country's economic collapse.

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The deputy Mugabe fired, former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, is poised to be Zimbabwe's next leader after the Central Committee made him its nominee to take over when Mugabe goes.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the embattled President Robert Mugabe was sacked from his position as leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party and replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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Source: Naija.ng

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