Zimbabwe unrest timeline

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Zimbabwe's military leaders have seized control of the impoverished southern African nation and deposed veteran leader Robert Mugabe. Here's a timeline of events. 

Nov. 21, 2017: Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has resigned, the speaker of the country's Parliament said, bringing an end to his 37 years of rule.

Nov. 16, 2017: Zimbabwe's best-known opposition leader has called on President Robert Mugabe to resign. A senior member of Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party told CNN that talks were underway about a transitional government that includes the opposition, and that Mugabe's exit was a "done deal." (Peter Macdiarmid)

Nov. 15, 2017: Mugabe is said to be under house arrest, and troops are reportedly stationed at the country's parliament and presidential palace. (John Moore)

For years, the ruling party has been embroiled in a bitter succession battle. Zimbabwean media have reported on increasingly open animosity between Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and first lady Grace Mugabe -- both of whom were considered leading candidates to replace the aging President. (Franco Origlia)

Mugabe's firing of Mnangagwa in November of 2017, so close to 2018's elections, stunned the nation. (Kevin Hagen)

In a statement issued by the government spokesman, Mugabe accused the vice president of "disloyalty, disrespect, deceitfulness and unreliability." But Mnangagwa has a strong following in the military, and his firing led to a warning from the armed forces' Gen. Constantino Chiwenga, who said the military will intervene if political allies continue to be sidelined.