The ruling Zanu-PF party in Zimbabwe has dismissed President Robert Mugabe as its leader and expelled his wife Grace Sunday.
Sacked Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been appointed to head the party.
The decision was taken at an emergency meeting summoned by the party’s leadership and instigated by recent happenings in the country.
Mr Mugabe’s dismissal increases further the pressure on the 93-year-old president to stand down.
Political scientists have blamed the old-guard for what appears a poor ending to his 34-year political career.
Mr Mugabe sacked his vice president seen as his natural successor last week, sending the message that he favoured his wife, Grace as the next leader of the party.
The army swept into action and seized strategic state institutions in search of “criminals” around the president.
The Zanu-PF decision has been greeted with cheers on the streets of Harare.
“This is the day the Lord has made,” a Zimbabwean who gave his name as Karel said.