Zimbabwean President Mugabe makes public appearance after military take over

Zimbabwean President Mugabe makes public appearance after military take over

- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance

- Mugabe attended the ceremony surrounded by security personnel, gave a speech, and was cheered by a crowd

President Robert Mugabe on Friday made a first public appearance since the country military took over on Wednesday.

The 93-year-old president appeared at the graduation ceremony of the Zimbabwe Open University in the country’s capital, Harare, after being placed under house arrest.

Zimbabwean President Mugabe makes public appearance after military take over

Zimbabwean President Mugabe in the middle

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According to a BBC report Mr Mugabe was cheered by a massive crowd at the graduation ceremony after he spoke.

Mr Mugabe is said top have also joined the crowd to sing the country’s national anthem.

Mr Mugabe's attendance at the graduation is an annual tradition but few expected to see him there, the BBC reported.

Meanwhile, the BBC reporter in Harare said even though the appearance of Mr Mugabe at the graduation ceremony made it look like business as usual, it’s not.

Zimbabwean President Mugabe makes public appearance after military take over

Zimbabwean President Mugabe makes public appearance after military take over

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He added that the military has been in control for three days and, with the help of South African envoys, has been in talks with Mr Mugabe.

The military is said to be "engaging" with Mr Mugabe and would advise the public on the outcome of talks "as soon as possible".

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