Speaker of parliament announces news during hearing to impeach 93-year-old leader, a week after military takeover
Robert Mugabe has resigned as president of Zimbabwe with immediate effect after 37 years in power, the speaker of the country’s parliament has said.
The announcement came during a hearing to impeach Mugabe, and launches the nation into a new era as uncertain as it is hopeful.
According to Sky News, Mugabe wrote a letter to the Zimbabwean parliament saying he was resigning “with immediate effect.”
“I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, hereby formally tender my resignation as President,” his letter read.
The parliament had resumed on Tuesday after a hiatus, planning to kick off Mugabe’s impeachment proceedings.
Instead, the session had begun with a reading of Mugabe’s resignation letter.
Crowds around the country took to the streets to celebrate the resignation, dancing and singing.
Mugabe, following a military takeover, had been expected to resign in a speech on Sunday.
Instead, the 93-year-old had said he would be leading the party Zanu-PF into their congress in December, despite being removed as its leader.
His ousted vice-president Emerson Mnangagwa is expected to take over as president.
Watch the moment his resignation was read below:
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Meanwhile, wild celebrations have broken out in the streets of Harare following the announcement. Zimbabwean Veterans have earlier called on Zimbabweans to throng to the capital in a massive protest but from the looks of it, their protests would be turning into a party.