People watch as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses the nation on television, at a bar in Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov. 19, 2017. Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party on Sunday recalled President Robert Mugabe from position of party leader, saying he must resign as president by noon Monday or impeachment proceedings will start. (Xinhua/Shaun Jusa)
HARARE, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- The ruling ZANU-PF party has asked the opposition Movement for Democratic Chnage (MDC) to support its motion to impeach President Robert Mugabe, ZANU-PF deputy secretary for legal affairs Paul Mangwana said Monday.
He told the media just before the start of the party's parliamentary caucus meeting that the ruling party needs 125 votes plus 73 votes from the MDC to obtain the two-thirds majority needed to impeach the president.
"We have discussed with the MDC and they have promised to give us the 73 votes that we require," Mangwana said.
He said the party hopes to complete the three-stage impeachment process by Wednesday.
The first stage is to move a motion and raise charges which require simple majority on Tuesday, followed by the setting up of a nine-member committee to investigate the charges and report back to parliament and voting on Wednesday, Mnangagwa said.
The impeachment effort by ZANU-PF came after Mugabe missed the party's deadline for him to resign by noon Monday.