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Yet he has no wish to avenge the death with the blood of Mr Mugabe; reflecting the often complex relationship between the 93-year-old president and the country he has governed since independence.

The emergency meeting was called upon by SADC chairperson and South African president Jacob Zuma after the Zimbabwe National Army led by the Defence Forces Commander Constantino Chiwenga staged a coup claiming that they were targeting "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe who have been destroying the country.

About a week ago President Mugabe, fired Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is now widely expected to lead the transitional government.

Across the country, Zimbabweans were enjoying freedom they haven't had in years.

According to the Foreign minister, Angola is closely following the evolution of Zimbabwe's situation, as the country chairs the Organ on Politics Defence and Security of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), of which both nations are members. "We demand respect for the Constitution, a return to the constitutional order and we will never accept the military coup d'etat", Alpha Conde said in an interview with French journalists in Paris. High-level negotiations between Mugabe and the generals who seized power - nearly certainly on the orders of sacked vice-president Emmerson Mnangagawa - were still under way. I am deeply saddened about the situation that is happening back home because I fear for the safety of my family. "We know there are internal problems".

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One government employee, who had arrived in Harare this week, said she remained hopeful that Mugabe would resign.

She called upon all stakeholders in Zimbabwe to settle the political challenges through peaceful means.

Wolters said if the new government, whoever it may be, does try to tackle economic issues, it will take time.

Stephanie Wolters, head of the peace and security programme at the Institute for Security Studies said the key for South Africa would be long term economic stability. "Right now it is hard for anyone to predict", he said.

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