Published On: Tue, Nov 21st, 2017

Mugabe Resigns, Mnangagwa To Be Sworn In As President

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Embattled Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe has resigned from office.

He is to be replaced by his sacked deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected be sworn in later on Tuesday.

Speaker of the Zimbabwean parliament, Jacob Mudenda announced the resignation Monday, even as the parliament suspended impeachment proceeding against Mr. Mugabe.

A letter from Mr Mugabe said that the decision was voluntary and that he had made it to allow a smooth transfer of power, the Reuters news agency reports.

The surprise announcement halted an impeachment hearing that had begun against the embattled president.

Lawmakers roared in jubilation and people have begun celebrating in the streets.

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

He has been in power since independence in 1980. Mr Mugabe has won elections, but over the past 15 years these have been marred by violence against political opponents.

He has presided over a deepening economic crisis in Zimbabwe, where people are on average 15% poorer now than they were in 1980.

What triggered the moves to oust him was his dismissal of Emmerson Mnangagwa as vice-president two weeks ago.

That decision was seen by many as clearing the way for Mr Mugabe’s wife, Grace, to succeed her husband as leader. It riled the military leadership, who stepped in and put Mr Mugabe under house arrest./BBC

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