Zimbabwe’s long-time president Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state at 93, is resisting stepping aside.

Placed under military house arrest amid fears he was positioning his wife to succeed him, warned by the ruling party’s Central Committee to step aside or face impeachment, he had been expected to resign in a speech on Sunday night.

Disappointed Zimbabweans watch the televised address. (Ben Curtis/AP)Disappointed Zimbabweans watch the televised address. (Ben Curtis/AP)

Here’s a timeline of events in a whirlwind drama many never thought they would see after Mugabe’s 37 years in charge:

November 6: After a campaign of public insults against Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Mugabe fires his long-time deputy, later accusing him of plotting to take power via witchcraft. Mr Mnangagwa flees the country.November 13: Army commander Constantino Chiwenga issues a rare public rebuke, saying the military will not hesitate to “step in” to calm political tensions and criticising the handling of the once-prosperous southern African nation’s crumbling economy.

(Ben Curtis/AP/PA)(Ben Curtis/AP/PA)

November 14: Armoured personnel carriers are seen on the outskirts of the capital, Harare. The military moves in overnight, taking control of the state-run broadcaster.November 15: The military announces that Mugabe is under house arrest and an operation has begun to arrest “criminals” around him who harmed the economy. Unpopular first lady Grace Mugabe, who many feared would replace Mr Mnangagwa and even succeed her husband, disappears from view.November 16: State-run media publish extraordinary photos of a smiling Mugabe shaking hands with the army commander at the State House amid negotiations on the president’s exit as the military tries to avoid accusations of a coup.

Zimbabwean Army General Moyo. (Ben Curtis/AP/PA)Zimbabwean Army General Moyo. (Ben Curtis/AP/PA)

November 17: The army, which continues to refer to Mugabe as president, allows him to make his first public appearance since house arrest. He appears at a graduation ceremony to polite applause.November 18: The bulk of the capital’s roughly 1.6 million people pour into the streets in an anti-Mugabe demonstration that even days ago would have brought a police crackdown.November 19: The ruling party Central Committee expels Mugabe as party leader and tells him to step aside as president by noon Monday or face impeachment. In a speech on national television, he does not announce his resignation as expected.