Zimbabwe’s Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been removed from his post, the country’s government has announced.
His removal makes it more likely that President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace will follow in her husband’s footsteps as leader of Zimbabwe.
“Mnangagwa’s conduct in discharge of his duties is inconsistent with the responsibilities,” the information minister said.
His sacking means Grace Mugabe is expected to be appointed vice-president at a special congress of the ruling Zanu-PF party next month.
Addressing members of indigenous church groups at a rally in the capital, Harare, on Sunday, Grace Mugabe said: “The snake must be hit on the head.