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Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe makes his first public appearance after military takeover coup

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President Robert Mugabe has attended a public engagement for the first time since the military takeover. Despite a full but ‘bloodless’ military coup, Mugabe has refused to step down.

His first public appearance after being put under house arrest is at a university graduation ceremony on the outskirts of Harare.

Clad in academic gown and hat, Mugabe, 93, walked slowly in a procession on a red carpet to a podium as a marching band played.

Several thousand graduates of the Zimbabwe Open University and guests stood as Mugabe and other dignitaries entered a tent set up for the event.

Once on the podium, Mugabe joined in with the crowd as they started singing Zimbabwe’s national anthem.

He announced the opening of the graduation ceremony, and the crowd applauded. Mugabe’s presidential security detail was present through the appearance.

Zimbabwe’s military says it is continuing talks with Mugabe for his departure while it pursues those who were close to the leader and his wife.