Zimbabwe’s Vice-President Joyce Mujuru has been barred by the ruling Zanu-PF party from serving on its powerful central committee, state media reports.
She had failed to win nomination after being linked to a plot to oust President Robert Mugabe, The Herald newspaper reports.
Mrs Mujuru’s fall from grace damages her chances of one day succeeding the 90-year-old, correspondents say.
Zanu-PF is due to hold its elective congress next month.
Mr Mugabe has said he does not intend to quit.
Mrs Mujuru was a close comrade of Mr Mugabe, but the two have have since fallen-out.
First Lady Grace Mugabe, who has recently entered politics, has led a sustained campaign against Mrs Mujuru, accusing her of being “demonic”.
‘Boost for rival’
Last week, Mrs Mujuru said she had ordered her lawyers to restore her “political standing” after being falsely accused by state-owned media of treason and corruption.