Reports from Zimbabwe: Army vehicles in capital city, explosions heard

Reports of explosions in Zimbabwe's capital city of Harare could be more evidence the African country is on the verge of a coup.

Soldiers reportedly took over the national broadcaster's headquarters as military vehicles were seen in the streets Tuesday evening. That's an escalation from earlier in the day, when tanks and other military vehicles were seen on streets outside Harare.

President Robert Mugabe has quickly lost the favor of the country's military after he fired the sitting vice president. That move was widely seen as a way to help his wife's political aspirations to succeed him.

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REFILE - CORRECTING TYPO IN SLUG Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare,Zimbabwe,November 14,2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
Zimbabwe African National Union �Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) Youth leader Kudzai Chipanga raises his fist as he chants the ruling party's slogan at a media conference on November 14, 2017 in Harare. Zimbabwe was reeling on November 14, 2017 after the army warned it could intervene if President Robert Mugabe continued to purge veteran ruling party figures in an apparent effort to help his wife succeed him. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe November 14,2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
Zimbabwe Army General Constantino Chiwenga Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces addresses a media conference held at the Zimbabwean Army Headquarters on November 13, 2017 in Harare. Zimbabwe's army chief on November 13 demanded a 'stop' to the purge in the ruling ZANU-PF party after the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangangwa, and warned the military could intervene. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
Zimbabwe Army General Constantino Chiwenga Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (R) and Valerio Sibanda Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army (2L) address a media conference held at the Zimbabwean Army Headquarters on November 13, 2017 in Harare. Zimbabwe's army chief on November 13 demanded a 'stop' to the purge in the ruling ZANU-PF party after the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangangwa, and warned the military could intervene. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)
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But Grace Mugabe is in her early 50s, which means she was too young to have had any role in the 1970s liberation war against minority-white rule. That makes her an unpopular candidate with military leaders, who have said they would only back a leader who was involved in the war.

In response to the political uncertainty, the U.S. embassy in Zimbabwe will be closed to the public tomorrow.

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