It’s being reported that a provincial branch of Zimbabwe’s ruling party has passed a no-confidence vote in President Robert Mugabe as the world’s oldest head of state struggles to remain in power.
The Associated Press is reporting that an official with knowledge of the meeting says that Mashonaland East Province has passed the no-confidence vote.
Other ruling party branches in Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces are said to be following suit.
Parliament is expected to resume sitting on Tuesday.
It is possible that the ruling Zanu-PF could use party procedures to impeach Mugabe with the support of opposition lawmakers.
Mugabe has been under house arrest since the military moved in this week, angered by his firing of long-time deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Negotiations continue on his departure, although he is said to be asking for more time.
Mugabe made his first public appearance in Harare since the military seized power in his country.
He attended a graduation ceremony at a university in the capital.
Dressed in a blue and yellow gown, he appeared relaxed while listening to the national anthem and even appeared to nod off a few times later on during the ceremony.
But in a strange coincidence, one of the students who graduated on Friday is the wife of the army commander, Constantino Chiwenga, who led the military takeover.
State radio says Mary Chiwenga is graduating with an MBA.
Mrs Chiwenga was among more than 3,000 graduates due to receive their degrees on Friday from the chancellor of the university, President Mugabe.
The president’s attendance is part of an annual tradition, but there were doubts that he would appear today.
He’s been under house arrest since Wednesday but arrived amid tight security at the graduation venue in Harare.
The army has always insisted this isn’t a coup. By allowing the president to perform some of his duties, that could be the message they’re trying to enforce.
Some residents in Zimbabwe say they don’t quite know how to interpret Friday’s appearance.
Mugabe’s appearance at a graduation ceremony at the Zimbabwe Open University, while cheered by some in the audience, has left others wondering if Africa's longest-ruling leader would leave government.
Neither the president’s wife, Grace, nor education minister Jonathan Moyo were present.
Armed soldier and police monitored the area.