Zimbabwe's Mugabe purges 'treacherous' deputy once seen as successor

December 4, 2014 3:32 PM

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe purges 'treacherous' deputy once seen as successor

HARARE (Reuters) - Ninety-year-old Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe purged the deputy seen just months ago as his most likely successor, denouncing her before party loyalists as leader of a "treacherous cabal" bent on removing him from power.

In a thunderous speech to 12,000 cadres of his ZANU-PF party, Mugabe threatened to turn the law on Vice President Joice Mujuru, whose status as presumed successor for Africa's oldest head of state has evaporated in the past three months since she became the target of attacks in state media.

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