President Mugabe resigns - Speaker

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Robert Mugabe, 93, has officially resigned as the President of Zimbabwe. 

Jacob Mudendahe, the Zimbabwean Parliament Speaker, on Tuesday said he received a letter from Robert Mugabe that reads that the President is resigning.

In the letter, Mugabe said that he decided to step down to allow for the smooth transition of power in the country, according to Reuters.

"I Robert Gabriel Mugabe, in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe, hereby formally tender my resignation… with immediate effect," the letter reads, according to AFP.

Reuters reported that the news of Mugabe's resignation was met with unbridled joy as Mudendahe was reading the President's address. The first videos of celebrations that took place in the parliament and in the streets of the capital, Harare, have emerged on the web.

On Sunday, Zimbabwe’s ruling party announced that President Mugabe had been removed from his position as President and first secretary of the ZANU PF by a unanimous vote at a Central Committee Special Session in Harare. The party said he has been given until midday on Monday to resign from his position as Head of State.

President Zuma on Saturday said the SADC region is committed to providing support to the people of Zimbabwe to resolve the political situation .

“A stable and peaceful SADC region is in our best interest, and Zimbabwe is a critical member of our regional community,” said President Zuma. -

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