Kudzai Chipanga, the leader of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF youth wing, apologized to the military on state television on Wednesday following the military's seizure of power and ousting of President Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe's state television channel interrupted its broadcast to air Mr. Chipanga's apology.

The youth leader apologized for "denigrating" the military, referring to it as a "big mistake."

He maintained that the youth wing's statement earlier this week condemning the military and saying that the youth wing would "die for Mugabe" did not originate from him.

Mr. Chipanga also said he was not coerced into making the apology.

The 93-year-old Zimbabwean president was placed under house arrest by the military on Wednesday, indicating that his 36-year reign could come to an end.

Zimbabwe Army General Constantino Chiwenga

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