Celebrations on the streets as Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe resigns

Celebrations on the streets as Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe resigns

Celebrations on the streets as Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe resigns

Chris Mutsvangwa, chairman of the war veterans' association, said the president should not stay for "37 seconds longer". It was in my security interest to leave the country immediately. He added that when hundreds of thousands had marched in a "Mugabe must go" rally on Saturday, the army had asked people to go home because they had wanted to protect Mr Mugabe as their commander-in-chief.

Mugabe's critics are "saying that Mugabe has brought economic despondency", NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton told Morning Edition, "and also that he has allowed his wife, the first lady Grace Mugabe - who has unbridled political ambition and wanted to become vice president, we are told, and that is why he sacked one of his vice presidents - that he has allowed his wife to usurp power". Many of those, including several cabinet members, have been detained.

Army sources said the generals tried to convince Mugabe not to resign before them since the party would deal with the issue. The people of Zimbabwe have clearly spoken on this matter.

"Nor was it a challenge to my authority as head of state and government". One opposition leader, Welshman Ncube, said it was a comic masterpiece.

The Zimbabwean ruling party had given Mugabe until yesterday noon to either resign, or face impeachment. It would all soon be over, he said.

People celebrate in the streets of Harare after the resignation of Robert Mugabe.

Wild celebrations broke out at a joint sitting of parliament when Speaker Jacob Mudenda announced Mugabe's resignation and suspended the impeachment procedure. Six days after the military takeover, her whereabouts were still unknown. Mnangagwa is viewed by many as Mugabe's likely successor.

ZANU-PF plans to bring the motion in parliament after a Monday noon deadline expired for the 93-year-old leader to step down to end almost four decades in power.

Sunday's vote came about two weeks after Mugabe fired Mnangagwa, which led to tanks rolling through the streets of Harare while military leaders took over Zimbabwe's state television and placed Mugabe under house arrest.

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"We have the numbers, the opposition is also going to support us", Vongai Mupereri, a party MP, said.

Zimbabwe's generals urgently need a good lawyer, writes Michael Holman in London.

"When we say an impeachment in the Zimbabwean context, it actually means a trial", he told VOA, noting that the president is allowed to present arguments in his defense at the impeachment hearing.

However the party warned that Zimbabwe remained "far from Uhuru". This is especially so if your target is a stubborn old man, with a law degree to his name and your goal, as the organisers of last week's military takeover have stated, is to remain within the confines of a constitution created to protect the president from arbitrary removal.

In terms of the provisions of section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe, amendment number 20, 2013.

Mugabe had ruled Zimbabwe nearly unopposed since independence in 1980 but efforts to position his wife Grace as his successor triggered fury in the military that had underpinned his regime.

That is highly unlikely.

"There are many lessons for the South Africa to take to heart from the rise and fall of Mugabe‚" Lekota said in a statement.

"The fact is this - the military has spoken, the people have spoken, parliament spoken, his own party has spoken".

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