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Zimbabwe's President Mugabe resigns

Staff Writer | November 21, 2017
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe resigned, ending nearly four decades of rule.
President Mugabe
Africa   A letter from the 93-year-old leader
The country’s Parliament speaker said he received a letter from the 93-year-old leader soon after lawmakers launched impeachment proceedings against him. The letter submitted to Parliament by Mugabe said his decision to resign was voluntary.

"My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire for a smooth, non-violent transfer of power," said Mugabe in his letter which was read out in parliament, sparking cheers and dancing.

Mugabe, who ruled over Zimbabwe since 1980, succumbed to mounting pressure for his resignation amid political turmoil that triggered a military takeover a week ago and widespread protests.

He said that proper procedures should be followed to install new leadership.