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Impeachment of Zimbabwe’s Mugabe set to begin

Residents of Mbare loiter around a mural of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in Harare, Monday, Nov, 20, 2017. Lawmakers with the ruling Zanu pf party gathered to meet on the fate of long time President Robert Mugabe, who has refused efforts to step down. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
HARARE, Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s ruling party is set to begin impeachment proceedings against longtime President Robert Mugabe, while a party official says government ministers have been instructed to boycott a Cabinet meeting called by the president.
Ruling party chief whip Lovemore Matuke tells The Associated Press minutes before the Cabinet meeting is expected to start that ministers have been told to instead attend a meeting at party headquarters to work on the impeachment. Parliament resumes Tuesday.
Mugabe’s chief secretary on Monday summoned ministers to the Cabinet meeting at State House, the president’s official residence.
Mugabe is finding himself increasingly isolated.
The military on Monday night said the vice president he recently fired, sparking the political turmoil, will return to Zimbabwe “shortly” and has made contact with Mugabe.