The news that Robert Mugabe is no more in power in Zimbabwe came as a shock and surprise to the world, when it was reported that the military have taken over power in the south African country after a coup.
Although, Zimbabwe's military says it has seized power to target "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe, who it said is "safe and sound" in custody. The news that Mugabe and his family are safe was disclosed by South African president, Jacob Zuma.
The army said it was securing government offices and patrolling the capital's streets, after a night of unrest which included a military takeover of the state broadcaster.
The action triggered speculation of a coup, but the military's supporters praised it as a "bloodless correction".
Zimbabwe military spokesman Maj Gen SB Moore had said In a statement broadcast overnight:
"We wish to make this abundantly clear this is not a military takeover of government. What the Zimbabwe defence forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country, which if not addressed may result in violent conflict."