“We demand respect for the constitution, a return to the constitutional order and we will never accept the military coup d’etat,” Alpha Conde said in an interview with French journalists in Paris.
“We know there are internal problems. They need to be resolved politically by the ZANU-PF party and not with an intervention by the army,” added Conde, who is also Guinea’s president.
Zimbabweans are now weighing future without their leader of nearly four decades after the army placed 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, a liberation hero turned authoritarian leader, under house arrest.
Many citizens have not known a time without Mugabe, who has dominated every aspect of public life since coming to power in 1980 on the country’s independence from Britain.
The nation was left stunned after the veteran president was confined to his residence late Tuesday, soldiers took up positions at strategic points across Harare and senior officers commandeered state television.
The Southern African Development Community, a bloc currently chaired by Zimbabwe’s neighbor South Africa, was to meet in Botswana later Thursday to discuss the dramatic situation.
Nothing has been heard from Mugabe or his 52-year-old wife Grace since the start of the army operation.
But many Zimbabweans hoped the crisis would pave the way to a more prosperous future.