Zimbabwe awaits next steps after military takeover

Zimbabweans are waiting to see what steps the military will take next after seizing control of the country. President Robert Mugabe is said to be confined to his home in Harare but unconfirmed reports says his wife Grace, who was bidding to succeed him as president, has fled to Namibia.

The military's action followed the sacking of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a fierce rival of Mrs Mugabe and his whereabouts are also unclear. Ninety three year old, President Mugabe, has been in control of Zimbabwe since it gained independence from Britain in 1980.

But the power struggle over who might succeed him, between Mrs Mugabe and Mr. Mnangagwa, has split the ruling Zanu-PF party in recent months. Regional bloc the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is due to hold emergency talks in Botswana today to discuss the crisis.