Mugabe abandons power after ruling Zimbabwe for 37 years

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Speaker of the Zimbabwean parliament, Jacob Mudenda, has announced the resignation of President Robert Mugabe, drawing an end to a 37-year reign.

Mugabe was swept from power as his autocratic rule crumbled within days of a military takeover. The latest development was greeted on the streets of the capital, Harare with residents blaring car horns and erupting in wild jubilation.

Speaker Mudenda read the ousted leader’s resignation letter thus, “I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation… with immediate effect”.

Mugabe’s decision was communicated to a special joint session of parliament. He had ruled the Southern African country for 37 years almost unopposed since the country won independence from Britain.

Lawmakers had convened to debate a motion to impeach Mugabe, who has dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life since independence in 1980.

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