New York: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a settlement in Zimbabwe, where the military took 93-year-old Robert Mugabe into custody, and the first Lady Grace Mugabe fled to Namibia.
The UN Secretary-General welcomed the mediation efforts of the Southern African Development Community aimed at a peaceful settlement of the situation. He also noted the UN's commitment to maintaining democracy in Zimbabwe.
The statement also reports that Guterres is monitoring the development of events, including by maintaining contacts with the head of the Commission of the African Union and regional leaders.
On Tuesday, November 15, the president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe and his family were taken into custody by the military, who had previously seized the building of the guest company ZBC. Mugabe himself refused to resign.
The military argues that the president and his family are not threatened.
The ruling party "Zimbabwean African National Union - Patriotic Front" stated that such a step was necessary "for the sake of the nation's health".
"Neither Zimbabwe nor the party belong to either Mugabe or his wife. A new era begins today," the party said in a statement, the BBC reports.
Mugabe, according to local media, is preparing to resign, and his successor may not be his wife, as previously reported, but vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe on November 7 fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is accused of collusion and preparing for the seizure of power in the country.
The youth wing of the Mugabe party declared full support for the president after the commander of the Zimbabwean armed forces Constantine Chiveng called for an end to the purges in the ruling party of President Robert Mugabe and said that the security services would stop those who want to make a coup.
The Zimbabwean police conducted searches in the offices of President Robert Mugabe.