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Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe Finally Resigns After 37 Years In Power

Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe Finally Resigns After 37 Years In Power

ZANU-PF, which Mugabe co-founded and led for decades, ousted the 93-year-old leader as its party chief on Sunday and gave him an ultimatum to step down in 24 hours or face impeachment.

Mugabe said in a address on state television that he acknowledged criticism against him from ZANU-PF, the military and the public, but did not comment on the possibility of standing down.

Mnangagwa has not been seen in the country since his dismissal on November 6, but he broke his silence on Tuesday to add his voice to those calling on Mugabe to resign.

Mugabe has called a cabinet meeting at his State House offices in Harare on Tuesday morning.

Mugabe's resignation marks the an end of an era in Zimbabwe - he ruled the country with an iron fist for nearly four decades and is the only leader the nation has known since it achieved independence from Britain in 1980.

A letter from Mr Mugabe said that the decision was voluntary and that he had made it to allow a smooth transfer of power, the Reuters news agency reports.

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Speaking before the meeting, Mutsvangwa said Mugabe, who has so far resisted calls to quit, was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Harare, singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an outpouring of elation at Mugabe's overthrow. However, Mugabe's son Chatunga railed against those who had pushed out his father.

On Harare's streets, few seemed to care about the legal niceties as they heralded a "second liberation" and spoke of their dreams for political and economic change after two decades of deepening repression and hardship.

Some African leaders have condemned the military takeover in Zimbabwe as an undemocratic coup. The former Vice President, whose sacking by Mugabe triggered the crisis, earlier said he would not return from overseas until his safety could be guaranteed. "So they can remove him from Zanu-PF but it doesn't mean that he is removed as the president of this country".

Maimane said Mugabe must step down immediately and Zimbabwe should go to the polls to elect a new government.

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