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Zimbabwe president Mugabe and wife taken into custody

Published:Wednesday | November 15, 2017 | 11:09 AM
In this June 2017 file photo Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (left) and wife Grace follow proceedings during a youth rally in Marondera Zimbabwe. – AP Photo

Zimbabwe's army has taken President Robert Mugabe and his wife into custody, triggering speculation of a military coup, though the military's supporters have called it a "bloodless correction". It wasn't clear exactly where the 93-year-old Mugabe and his wife were, but army Major General Sibusiso Moyo said they were being held by the military.

Unlike the Mugabes, many foreign leaders in recent history have been ousted from power and detained as the result of interventions by foreign armies or other external circumstances. Those include Iraq's Saddam Hussein, who was captured by American forces in 2003, and Panama's Manuel Noriega, a onetime US ally ousted by an American invasion in 1989. More recently, Lebanese leaders and citizens insist their prime minister, Saad Hariri, has been detained by Saudi Arabia in a regional power play.

The Mugabes, however, have joined the ranks of world leaders who were removed from power and taken into custody as a result of developments in their own countries.