The rift stemmed from the Mr Mugabe appears to be manoeuvring his wife Grace into a position to succeed him.
Ms Mugabe is supported by a faction of MPs called G40, but the move was viewed in a dim light by many, particularly after Mr Mugabe forced out his Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had the support of the military, earlier this month.
Neighbouring countries will hope for a solution that does not led to violence on the streets, and the UN has also called for a peaceful transition.
In the UK Theresa May called for “restraint on all sides” as the situation was "fluid".
“What is important now is to answer the question: ‘How do we collectively work together to reconstruct our country from the ashes that President Mugabe has bequeathed us.
“It is time for thorough reflection, national leadership, vision and strategy.” Could this military takeover truly lead to democratic transition? The executive director of the pro-democracy non profit Vanguard Africa told that “Zimbabwe's military has long been a chief impediment to democratic progress in the country” and a true transition would require them to engage in a “genuine dialogue with civil society and the political opposition.” What’s certain is that this military takeover is likely to put an end to the mandate of the world’s oldest president and the only one independent Zimbabwe has ever known.
The model pressed charges, which Ms Mugabe denied before being granted diplomatic immunity.
The political instability is likely to worsen the country’s already frail economy.