Mugabe Arrives At University In First Public Appearance Since Military Takeover Of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe his first public appearance since the military seized control of the country, attending a graduation ceremony at Harare's Open University on Friday morning.


In an apparent display of defiance, the 93-year-old arrived at the ceremony on Friday morning dressed in a blue academic gown and tasselled hat.

Several thousand graduates of the Zimbabwe Open University and guests stood as Mr Mugabe and other dignitaries entered a tent set up for the event. Once on the podium, Mr Mugabe joined the crowd in singing Zimbabwe's national anthem. He announced the opening of the graduation ceremony, and the crowd applauded.
Mugabe Arrives At University In First Public Appearance Since Military Takeover Of Zimbabwe
The event appears to allow him to project the image of leadership, even as calls for his departure after 37 years in power grow stronger.

It came during an extraordinary series of negotiations with regional leaders. Zimbabwe's military said it was making "significant progress" in the talks while it pursues and arrests some allies of the leader and his wife.

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