Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe resigns

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe resigns

He said: "The people of Zimbabwe have spoken with one voice and it is my appeal to President Mugabe that he should take heed of this clarion call and resign forthwith so that the country can move forward and preserve his legacy".

Mr Mugabe had previously refused to resign despite last week's military takeover and days of protests.

Zimbabwe's ruling party has begun the process to impeach President Robert Mugabe, presenting a motion that has been seconded by opposition party MDC.

Following the army's intervention last week in response to Mugabe's sacking of vice president Mnangagwa, it has become clear that Mugabe's 37-year tenure as the Zimbabwean president will shortly come to an end amid widespread demands for his resignation. The first lady and former vice president were locked a political battle over who would succeed the aging president, and led competing factions in the ruling party.

Nicknamed "the Crocodile", he was a longtime ally of Mr Mugabe's until their recent falling out and was accused of being instrumental in a crackdown on dissent in the 1980s that led to the deaths of at least 10,000 civilians, an allegation he denies.

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Mugabe is the only leader Zimbabwe has known since a guerrilla struggle ended white-minority rule in the former Rhodesia.

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

Mugabe's resignation late on Tuesday triggered wide scale celebration and dancing in the streets of Harare. Leader of the opposition People's Democratic Party Tendai Biti told Newsday Mr. Mugabe's impeachment could be complete in a week.

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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