Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe Has Resigned
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has resigned ending a 37-year rule, parliament speaker has announced.
Wild jubilation broke out among MPs when Speaker Jacob Mudenda informed the house of the decision, following the beginning of impeachment proceedings earlier today.
The motion against Mr Mugabe was supported by his own Zanu-PF party, with Mr Mubenda describing the motion as "unprecedented in the history of post-independence Zimbabwe".
Speaker after speaker rising to demand he go. Thumping on tables. Cheers.- Fergal Keane (@fergalkeane47) November 21, 2017
The 93-year-old is the longest serving leader in Africa; he came to power in the 1980s after the civil war that turned the unrecognised white-ruled Rhodesia into the country that's now known as Zimbabwe. Although initially viewed as a Nelson Mandela-style independence figure, he has been criticised by the West for corruption and maintaining power through brutality.