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[WATCH] Robert Mugabe resigns as president of Zimbabwe after 37 years in power

His resignation was announced this afternoon by parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda

21 November 2017, 5:51pm
Robert Mugabe has resigned as president of Zimbabwe having been in power for 37 years
Robert Mugabe has resigned as president of Zimbabwe having been in power for 37 years
 

Robert Mugabe has resigned his post as president of Zimbabwe, after ruling the country for over 37 years. Parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda made the announcement this afternoon, sparking celebrations across the African state.

Mugabe had up until today, refused to resign, despite a military takeover last week, which was followed by days of protests by the public.

The dictator first rose to power in 1980, and presided over an economic crisis, which has resulted in massive hyperinflation, causing the country to abandon its currency in 2009. Inflation in November 2008 hit 79.6 billion percent, with the country’s per capita income down 15% since 1980. 

News of Mugabe’s resignation has halted impeachment proceedings, which were started against him last week. 

His ousting was triggered by his dismissal of Emmerson Mnangagwa, a move seen by many as paving the way for Mugabe’s wide, Grace, to eventually succeed her husband.