Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivers a speech during a graduation ceremony at the Zimbabwe Open University in Harare, where he presides as the Chancellor on November 17 2017. (AFP)
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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe emerged for the first time Friday from military-imposed house arrest, presiding at a university graduation ceremony in a fragile show of normalcy even as former loyalists across the country demanded that he resign after nearly four decades in power.That Mugabe was permitted to go to the Zimbabwe Open University event possibly reflected a degree of respect by the military for the president, a former rebel leader who took power after independence from white minority rule in 1980 .The ruling ZANU-PF party signaled impatience with Mugabe amid negotiations on his exit.As Mugabe tries to hang on in negotiations over his departure from office, he has asked for "a few more days, a few more months," Chris Mutsvangwa, the chairman of the war veterans' association in Zimbabwe, told reporters.
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