After 37 years in power, Robert Mugabe has resigned as president of Zimbabwe.
The 93-year-old made the shock announcement via a letter, which was read out in parliament.
“I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation with immediate effect,” the letter read.
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“My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire for a smooth, non-violent transfer of power.”
It comes just hours after proceedings were launched to impeach him.
Crowds gathered in the streets to dance and cheer after hearing of Mugabe’s resignation, with some people even placing images of the former president on the road so that car’s could run over them.
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?? For the first time since independence 37 years ago, Zimbabweans do not have Robert Mugabe as their leader. #MugabeResigns
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