After two different reports that Zimbabwe’s embattled President Robert Mugabe would be resigning turned out to be false, he has officially resigned after 37-years. Finally.
The streets in the African nation were full of people celebrating the end of his oppressive rule after House of Assembly speaker Jacob Mudenda announced the resignation. It came only after extreme measures were taken by both the military and his own party, who fired him as their leader last week.
Mugabe’s former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will take over as interim leader and is expected to continue when elections are held next year. Mugabe fired Mnangagwa earlier this month. He will have his hands full as the nation’s economy is faltering and confusion reigns at all levels of government.
“We have fought the lion and won,” Lovemore Matuke, Zanu-PF’s chief parliamentary whip, said in an interview after the announcement. A new interim president will take over in the next 48 hours, he said.
The ruling party’s decision to dump the president came four days after the military placed him under house arrest and detained several of his closest allies — a move triggered by Mnangagwa’s dismissal. Mugabe initially dug in his heels, missing a party deadline to quit by noon on Monday or face impeachment, before finally agreeing to go.
Once again, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has defied calls for his resignation, allowing a deadline set by his party to pass without a word.
Members of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party are preparing to meet to discuss the possible impeachment of President Robert Mugabe, after a deadline for his resignation came and went on Monday.