Celebrations erupted in the streets after Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, resigned Tuesday, a stunning end to nearly 40 years of leadership announced in parliament during impeachment proceedings against him.
Car horns were blasting across Harare, the capital, as Zimbabweans expressed their joy at Mugabe’s departure. People sang and danced in the streets.
The resignation came with Mugabe facing a possible swift removal by parliament through impeachment and after only a handful of Cabinet ministers appeared at a meeting he called Tuesday.
Parliament’s speaker stopped proceedings to say lawmakers had received a letter from the president indicating his resignation was effective immediately. Parliament erupted into cheers.
Minah Mandaba, a member of the ruling ZANU-PF party’s Central Committee, danced and cheered as she left the joint sitting of parliament, where the resignation was announced.
“I’m overjoyed. This is a wonderful day, not only in the history of Zimbabwe but for the world,” Mandaba said. “We did this with no bloodshed. We had peace and tranquility. This has been done with much love for each other. It’s a lesson to the rest of the world.”
Mugabe had been facing immense pressure to quit after 37 years in power, during which he evolved as a leader in the fight against white minority rule to a person considered most responsible for such problems as a collapsing economy and human
Article source: http://www.latimes.com/world/africa/la-fg-zimbabwe-impeachment-20171121-story.html
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