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Zimbabwe erupts with joy as Robert Mugabe resigns as president

Zimbabwe's members of parliament celebrate after Mugabe's resignation on November 21, 2017 in Harare. Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe on November 21, 2017 swept from power as his 37-year reign of brutality and autocratic control crumbled within days of a military takeover. The bombshell news was delivered by the parliament speaker to a special joint session of the assembly which had convened to impeach Mugabe, 93, who has dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life since independence in 1980. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANAJEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images

Wild celebrations are said to have broken out as impeachment proceedings were called to a close, Zimbabwe’s parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda announced.

 

Jubilation broke out among MPs when Mudenda told the house, with members and senators seen throwing their hands in the air. The celebrations have continued outside Parliament, with Zimbabweans taking to the streets with joy. In his official resignation statement,

Mugabe said: ‘I Robert Gabriel Mugabe hereby formally tender my resignation as President of Zimbabwe with immediate effect. ‘My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire for a smooth, non-violent transfer of power.’

Zimbabweans have been filmed celebrating in Harare with many cheering, dancing and honking car horns. And the celebrations seem to be spreading, with Zimbabweans living in South Africa also taking to the streets in Johannesburg.

Zanu PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke told Reuters: ‘I am very happy that the president had chosen to go voluntarily.’ ‘This would have ended in serious embarrassment’ if the party was forced to impeach Mugabe, he said. Mugabe’s resignation is not believed to have made any reference to whoever will succeed him. But Zimbabwe war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa said earlier this week that Mugabe would be replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy who he sacked earlier this month. He is expected to take over within 48 hours.

Zimbabwe’s members of parliament celebrate after Mugabe’s resignation on November 21, 2017 in Harare. /AFP/Getty Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zimbabwe’s members of parliament celebrate after Mugabe’s resignation on November 21, 2017 in Harare./ AFP PHOTO /Getty Images

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Zimbabweans celebrate outside the parliament building immediately after hearing the news that President Robert Mugabe had resigned. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOPSHOT – War Veterans leader Christopher Mutsvangwa (C) celebrates the dismissal of the president  /AFP/Getty Images