President Mugabe resigns

President Mugabe resigns

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has resigned, parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda has said. The 93-year-old leader steps down one week after he was detained by military.

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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.

President Mugabe resigns

President Robert Mugabe resigns

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The announcement came during a parliamentary hearing to impeach him and launches the nation into a new era as uncertain as it is hopeful.

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.

President Mugabe resigns

Zimbabweans celebrate in Harare after the resignation of Mugabe. Photograph: AP

He has been in power since independence in 1980.

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