Zimbabwe’s Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been removed from his post, the country’s government has announced.
Information Minister Simon Khaya Moyo said Mnangagwa, 75, had displayed traits of disloyalty.
His removal makes it more likely that President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace will follow in her husband’s footsteps as leader of Zimbabwe.
She had earlier called on her husband to remove his vice-president.
Mnangagwa, a former intelligence chief, had been a leading candidate to succeed President Mugabe, 93.
His sacking means Grace Mugabe is expected to be appointed vice-president at a special congress of the ruling Zanu-PF party next month.