Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe resigns

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Has Resigned

Mr Mugabe was sacked from his position as party's leader on Sunday.

The military says new developments include "contact" between Mugabe and his possible successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa. The military says Mugabe and Mnangagwa have made contact and the fired deputy will return to Zimbabwe "shortly".

The surprise announcement halted an impeachment hearing that had begun against him.

Mass spontaneous street parties broke out on the streets of Harare moments after the news broke.

It had been feared that Mugabe's 52-year-old wife Grace would succeed her husband as leader, but it now appears as though it is only a matter of time before Mr Mnangagwa takes over as president.

"I am very happy with what has happened", said Maria Sabawu, a supporter of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), outside the hotel where the impeachment process was happening.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Has Resigned

When Zimbabwe's military sent tanks into the capital, Harare, and took President Robert Mugabe into custody almost a week ago, it was clear they wanted a quick resolution to the growing discontent with the longtime president.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) believes elections should be held as soon as possible to democratically elect a new Zimbabwean president‚ because the ruling Zanu-PF can not be trusted.

Mugabe had been expected to announce his resignation in a televised speech last night, but instead told viewers he would continue to preside over his party at a congress next month.

Mr Mugabe's downfall brings the curtain down on an extraordinary political career. He became the country's first prime minister in 1980 following the end of British colonial rule over the country, which was formerly known as Rhodesia.

During his reign, he took the once-rich country to economic ruin and kept his grip on power through repression of opponents, although he styled himself as the Grand Man of African politics and kept the admiration of many people across Africa.




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