Zimbabwe's vice-president Joice Mujuru's failure to make it to Zanu-PF's central committee automatically excludes her and allies from next politburo.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has changed the Constitution of the ruling Zanu-PF party, giving him sole power to appoint a successor.
The vice-president is under pressure to step down before the Zanu-PF congress.
Zimbabwean vice-president Joice Mujuru has denied any involvement in a plot to assassinate the president, Robert Mugabe.
Top Zanu-PF party officials who support Zimbabwe vice president Joice Mujuru have been expelled, paving the way for Grace Mugabe to enter the fray.
While Zimbabwean officials deny vice-president Joice Mujuru's resignation, President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace has embarked on a smear campaign.
Grace Mugabe on Thursday called on Vice President Joice Mujuru to resign from her position while also confirming she had presidential ambitions.
Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has announced her candidacy to succeed her husband, 90-year-old president Robert Mugabe, when he leaves office.
The 49-year-old Grace Mugabe, who is vying to become husband Robert Mugabe's successor, has threatened to expel the vice-president from the party.
Zimbabwe's first lady has state resources on tap. But will it be enough to win her the presidency?
Zimbabwe's first lady addressed her third rally in a week, this time in Harare, but critics have not taken her call for unity of purpose seriously.
New requirements may prove to be an unassailable hurdle for Vice-President Joice Mujuru's opponents.
Political manoeuvring has cleared a path to the December elective congress for the vice-president.
Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Jonathan Moyo is accused of using the media hearings as a battlefield to curry public favour.
Vice-president Joice Mujuru claims she was misquoted when she warned against corruption exposés.
The vice-president's faction has all but cleaned up in Zanu-PF's elections, but the race isn't over yet.
The vice-president's faction now dominates, but opponents are saying the polls were irregular.
Investment in new machinery and a focus on transport systems will induce growth.
Emmerson Mnangagwa's faction has been mostly sidelined during the Zimbabwe Cabinet's appointment process in favour of Joice Mujuru's supporters.