Following the bloodless coup which saw Robert Mugabe being placed under house arrest, Africa’s longest and oldest president has finally resigned.
According to Sky News, Mugabe wrote a letter to the Zimbabwean parliament saying he was resigning “with immediate effect.”
“I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, hereby formally tender my resignation as President,” his letter read.
The parliament had resumed on Tuesday after a hiatus, planning to kick off Mugabe’s impeachment proceedings.
Instead, the session had begun with a reading of Mugabe’s resignation letter.Crowds around the country took to the streets to celebrate the resignation, dancing and singing.
Robert Mugabe has been President since 1980. He chaired the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) group from 1975 to 1980 and led its successor political party, the ZANU – Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF), from 1980 to 2017.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 21, 2017