Sunday 18 November 2018

Robert Mugabe has resigned as president of Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe made his first public appearance since the military takeover at a student graduation ceremony at Zimbabwe Open University (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Robert Mugabe made his first public appearance since the military takeover at a student graduation ceremony at Zimbabwe Open University (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Photo: AP
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Robert Mugabe has resigned as president of Zimbabwe, the parliament speaker has announced.

The speaker stopped impeachment proceedings to say they had received a letter from Mr Mugabe confirming the resignation "with immediate effect".

The move has been hailed as an extraordinary end for the world's oldest head of state after 37 years in power.

Zimbabwe's parliament erupted in cheers as the speaker announced the resignation.

The resignation comes at the end of a week of events that began with the military moving in last week, angered by Mr Mugabe's firing of his longtime deputy and the positioning of the unpopular first lady to succeed him.

Impeachment allegations against Mr Mugabe included that he "allowed his wife to usurp constitutional power" and that he is "of advanced age" and too incapacitated to rule.

Mr Mugabe was also accused of allowing unpopular first lady Grace Mugabe to threaten to kill the recently fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other officials.

Emmerson Mnangagwa will take over as leader within 48 hours following the resignation of Robert Mugabe, a ruling party official said.

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