Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, facing impeachment, resigns after 37 years in power

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.