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Zimbabwe's Political Turmoil: Ruling Party Denies Coup

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Tanks were seen outside the capital, Harare, as tensions between the military and the ruling party grow..

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Zimbabwe's Political Turmoil: Ruling Party Denies Coup

Army leaders  are at odds  with Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his ruling party.

On Tuesday, the ruling  ZANU-PF party said  the country's army commander "meant to incite insurrection."  A day earlier , Gen.

Constantino Chiwenga said "the military would not hesitate to step in" to stop what he called a "purging and cleansing process" to remove "members of the party with a liberation background." The general was talking about a recent shuffle in the party.

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Many saw the move as a way to boost his wife in her political aspirations to succeed the 93-year-old leader.

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has the support of army veterans; he's one of the few remaining members of Zimbabwe's first cabinet after winning a war of independence from white-minority rule.

The military has said it would only back a leader who participated in the liberation and has intervened to tamp down outside opposition.

With tensions running so high, questions began to swirl about the likelihood of a coup.

It didn't help that  on Tuesday , a handful of tanks and military vehicles were seen near the capital city Harare.

News outlets pointed out it was unclear whether or not the troop movement was routine or a show of force.

Seemingly response to those reports, the  ruling party tweeted , "There is NO coup happening in Zimbabwe."

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