Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe resigns

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has announced his resignation with immediate effect.
Wild celebrations broke out as a resignation letter was read out in the country's parliament, where impeachment proceedings against the ruler had begun.

Mr Mugabe said he had chosen to step down "to ensure a smooth, peaceful and non-violent transfer of power", adding that he made the decision voluntarily.

The announcement has sparked jubilant scenes in Zimbabwean capital Harare, where protesters had gathered to call for the 93-year-old to be removed from office.

Paul Mangwana, a senior official from ruling party ZANU-PF, has told Sky News that ousted vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as President on Wednesday.

People remove the portrait of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe after his resignation this afternoon

Politicians broke out into applause and chanting at a joint sitting of parliament when Speaker Jacob Mudenda announced Mugabe's resignation and suspended the impeachment procedure

These were scenes of jubilation in Zimbabwe's parliament as the announcement was made this afternoon that Robert Mugabe had finally resigned after 37 years in power

The resignation announcement came after days of building pressure on the 93-year-old authoritarian leader, who was feared by many of his citizens through his long and often repressive rule

SKY      News.