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Zimbabwe president Mugabe resigns

President Robert Mugabe has resigned.

House Speaker Jacob Mudenda made the announcement while legislators were impeaching him. Mudenda read out what he said was a resignation letter from Mugabe as lawmakers met Tuesday to begin impeachment proceedings against the president.

The letter said in part, "I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe, hereby formally tender my resignation... with immediate effect."

There has been no confirmation of the letter from the president or his office — but no denial, either.

Celebrations broke out in parliament after Mudenda's announcement and quickly spread to the streets of Harare, with thousands of people dancing, chanting and waving Zimbabwean flags.

Mugabe is 93 years old and ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, ever since the country won independence from Britain in 1980.

Mugabe had faced growing pressure to resign since last week, when the military took over state institutions and the ruling ZANU-PF party called on him to step aside.

The military took action after the president fired his vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, a hero of Zimbabwe's liberation war, and hinted he would replace Mnangagwa with his wife, Grace Mugabe.

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.

Discontent with Mugabe has grown in Zimbabwe in recent years, after years of political oppression and economic hardship under his rule. But Mugabe was planning to run for another term as president in next year's elections, when he would have been 94.


0 #11 Didaz 2017-11-22 01:23
Quoting ricardo nyanza:
The faizal saddest thing in Africa is that you can be on a life supporting machine and still be president he was 93.

Only on this Continent.

ricardo nyanza,I see what you mean but referred to Mugabe like he was dead.
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0 #12 damien dill 2017-11-22 01:39
Finally Mugabe can rest in peace, 37 yrs in power that is more than enough to cling to power
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0 #13 jJosep 2017-11-22 01:50
A rather muted goodbye from Mugabe himself.

It is a pity that such a talented person became so much of himself that he was unable to determine when to leave the stage!

Unfortunately for Africa,he cannot and will not be the last.
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0 #14 gwok 2017-11-22 02:29
Quoting ricardo nyanza:
The faizal saddest thing in Africa is that you can be on a life supporting machine and still be president he was 93.

Only on this Continent.

Welcome back here, My Dear. Yours is hero about to go out too, but it will, most likely, be throw the farmiliar smoke and noises that brought him in in the first place.

Bye the way, where is your buddy Nakasero? I assume that you have been keeping abreast with our poltical developments and therefore you would be aware that Gen KK almost pulled it off against M7 but misse-read the timing to implement his self-appointment and he must now absorb the expected opportunity costs.
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+1 #15 Lysol 2017-11-22 02:42
The other day our very own despot, Museveni was mocking the people of Lango that he would rise up from the death like Jesus, after his death( unlike Obote).

This clearly can explain the twisted state of minds of all dictators.

They always think that they are some kind of gods and live in constant denial..When reality catches up with them, they are always humiliated like stray dogs.

This should be a lesson to those who still think that they can rule forever.

The writing on the wall is already putting some names as one Museveni or Kabila to be next. Not to mention some of his very close mentors and allies.
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0 #16 NOAH 2017-11-22 09:35
who is next
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0 #17 Mubiru 2017-11-22 18:50
Uganda, according to a Foreign Office Minister, condemned the interference of the Zimbabwe Army in politics.

I leave it to Ugandans to assess the mental status of the Ugandan politicians before they utter such ridiculous and hypocritical vermin.
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0 #18 ricardo nyanza 2017-11-23 00:59
he he Didaz for these guyz leaving that chair=death.

GWOK i have been back for a while now but because am short you have not noticed me.
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