Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the intervention of the military. He was seen at a university graduation ceremony on the outskirts of Harare.
Dressed in Academic regalia, the 93-year-old walked tiredly at the red carpet event. He was applauded as he announced the opening of the ceremony.
His appearance followed an army statement describing “significant progress”, which was broadcast on national television and published by state-run media on Friday morning. The statement appeared to have been aimed at quieting increasing worries that the military takeover could escalate into turmoil.
The appearance of the president in public is likely to fuel such worries, and reinforce growing pressure on the military to rapidly resolve the crisis. Adding to the sense of the bizarre, the wife of the general who detained him on Wednesday was among those upon whom Mugabe conferred a degree.
Mugabe has so far withstood pressure to resign and was said to have described the military intervention as illegal.