He was supposed to announce his resignation, making a final, dignified exit into retirement. Instead, on Sunday night Robert Mugabe appeared to read a statement prepared for him by the military, missing a few pages along the way. A few pages that may well have held the part where Mugabe's non-resignation became a resignation. For a not-coup that's a coup, an awkward public statement that lets Mugabe sip the presidential tea for one more morning became par for the course.
Despite the presidential shenanigans, ZANU-PF was not waiting for the military or Mugabe to tell them what to do. On Sunday the party announced it would be banning Grace Mugabe for life, and appointing Emmerson Mnangagwa as their new president. All those previously expelled under the Mugabe regime would have their sentences lifted, and Robert Mugabe would be given an ultimatum to resign or be impeached. If nothing else was resolved at the weekend, it's that Zimbabweans loathe Grace Mugabe almost as much as avoiding calling a coup a coup.
Immigration and tax cuts appeared to be two major issues preventing Angela Merkel's CDU from forming a coalition government with the FDP. Without said alliance, Germany's government is plunged into effective uncertainty. With nobody in the driving seat, more space is created for the disturbingly militant AfD party in parliament.
A gold laurel from Napoleon's crown has sold for $735,000. The leaf went on auction in Paris on Sunday, being one of six cut from Napoleon Bonaparte's coronation crown. An estimated 400 works relating to France's former emperor went on auction over the weekend, including an engraved box belonging to his wife that managed to fetch 150,000 euros.
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