The oldest dictator in the world ended his term after 37 years at the head of power. The announcement was made by Parliament.
“I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, in terms of section 96 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, formally hold my resignation with immediate effect,” the long-lived dictator said in a letter read by the president of the Parliament, amid opposition pressures and the Armed Forces seeking his resignation.
The decision ends a 37-year term and the only executive leader Zimbabwe has had since independence.
Jacob Mudenda, head of the chamber, read the announcement while lawmakers debated a motion of censure against him. The announcement awakened an ovation from those present.
Mugabe, 93, had lost the support of the party he founded after the military intervention last Tuesday, triggered by the ouster of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, before the ambitions of power of the first lady, Grace Mugabe.
Reporters present in Harare reported that the population received the news with joy and horns were heard in the streets of the capital.
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