The Zimbabwean media seized control of the state broadcasting station and took President Robert Mugabe, 93, into custody on Wednesday morning, according to numerous international media reports.
However, the military patrolled the streets of the capital city, Harare, and ordered troops to barracks, according to South African news website News24.com.
Mugabe has held power since winning the country’s first democratic elections in 1980.
The country held several subsequent elections that were reported to have been rigged in favor of Mugabe and his party, the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF).
Neighboring South Africa declined to intervene, as President Thabo Mbeki and his ruling African National Congress (ANC) felt an ideological kinship with ZANU-PF, as well as sympathy for his land reform policies.
Zimbabwe army says it’s targeting “criminals” close to Mugabe to bring them to justice. “[To] our people and the world beyond our borders, we wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of government” pic.twitter.com/psGY8b9X8Z
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) November 15, 2017