Mugabe steps down after nearly four decades of rule

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has finally stepped down , ending his nearly four decades of rule as the country’s leader.

Addressing a cheering parliament, speaker Jacob Mudenda read out Mugabe’s resignation letter, Associated Press has reported.

“I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation … with immediate effect,” said Mudenda, reading the letter.

His resignation has come after parliament initiated impeachment proceedings earlier today.

According to the BBC, the recently fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to be sworn in as the new president on Friday, said the state broadcaster. Mnangagwa fled to South Africa two weeks ago and is due to return today.

People have come onto the street in Zimbabwe to celebrate the end of the rule of Mugabe.

Following Mugabe’s resignation letter, impeachment proceedings in parliament were suspended.

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