- President Robert Mugabe finally resigned after ruling the country for 37 years
- According to the constitution, Mugabe’s successor should be the current vice-president, Phelekezela Mphoko
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has finally resigned after ruling the country for 37 years. The 93-year-old president said that he was resigning immediately and voluntarily in order to have a "smooth transfer of power" in a letter read out by the speaker of parliament.
"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 to ensure a smooth, peaceful and nonviolent transfer of power that underpins national security, peace and stability" read part of the letter.
Mugabe had refused to leave office when the military took over last week. The Zimbabwean Parliament had launched proceedings to impeach President Mugabe and got support from both opposition and the ruling party.
The former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, in a statement, had urged President Mugabe to resign so that the country can move forward.
"The people of Zimbabwe have spoken with one voice and it is my appeal to President Mugabe that he should take heed of this clarion call and resign forthwith so that the country can move forward and preserve his legacy," read part of the statement by Mr Mnangagwa.
According to the constitution, Mugabe’s successor should be the current vice-president, Phelekezela Mphoko, who is a supporter of Grace Mugabe.
Here are some reactions after President Mugabe resigned;
Within 5 years Zimbabweans will lose all the land they once owned, once the UK & US step in to "rebuild" ask the Libyan nation they'll tell you, so much 'freedom & democracy' going on over there... Mugabe wasn't perfect but Africans weren't taken lightly under him.— Super Saiyan God (@NinoBrown202) November 22, 2017
#MugabeResigns or its the unflinching walk as he walks away after destroying Zim
1 looting the zim banks empty
2 taking countries resources
3 spoiling his kids
4 and giving his wife a PhD
5 destroyed lives and killed pic.twitter.com/YDr0CGvWlt— Mackmillian leshomo (@Leshomo) November 22, 2017
As #MugabeResigns and Brian Molefe showing utter contempt at the #EskomInquiry SPARE a thought for SA and the Psychological Torture they are Subjected to on a daily basis????????????, makes Bush Jnr and Trump look like Rocket Scientists.
Anyone can be a President???????????? pic.twitter.com/pBlD05Iklo— Black Butterfly (@greateraspect) November 22, 2017
The only Head of State to have confirmed attendance for Uhuru Kenyatta swearing in has resigned. In the meantime, Nkurunzinza can't travel. #MugabeResigns— Wakiapisha Tunaapisha (@wakiiba_tunaiba) November 22, 2017
For those of you who want to go back home and build, we are happy.
For those who consider SA home and want to stay, you are welcome.
This is our Africa. We all live here.#MugabeResigns— Jamil F. Khan (@JamilFarouk) November 22, 2017
DEAR MR @MEsipisu: You are a respected intellectual. Take a cue from #MugabeResigns and help President @UKenyatta start national healing. The speech you read yesterday makes him to be speaking from both sides of the mouth. Let the President mean what he says and say what he means pic.twitter.com/32EulrRbRT— Ripoff Kenya (@RipoffKenya) November 22, 2017
Uncle Bob has stepped down, now its your turn to go back to your country.. S.A is no longer your Exile.....????????????????????????go back????????????????— Star Power (@SandileSydwell) November 22, 2017
#MugabeResigns Zimbabwe story teaches us about knowing when to exit, never overstay! Nelson Mandela taught us a great legacy is built through selfless & diligent service to humanity. All is vanity. @KiarieJohn @KoinangeJeff @SakajaJohnson @SenMutula— Steve Njenga (@Stevenjengah) November 22, 2017
As much as we celebrate the overthrowing of Robert Mugabe , we must also look at the other side of the coin. He stood for very stingent issues affecting Africans. He called it as it is ! Today Africa loses. God bless Mugabe.
#MugabeResigns pic.twitter.com/I6r3ys3iSA— baba abbas (@babakisia) November 22, 2017
37 years after independence and Zimbabwe still has one TV station.#Mugaberesigns lets use this opportunity to open up our airwaves to all Zimbabweans who wish to broadcast.— Goblin (@maDube_) November 22, 2017
Good morning all. Today is a historic day for Zimbabweans and for Africa as a whole. The historians will record that in Zimbabwe we did it differently, we broke from the norm. This was the first step. The real work starts now.
Viva Zimbabwe Viva.#Zimbabwe #Mugaberesigns— Dictum (@dictumzim) November 22, 2017
As we start a new chapter,we must resist the urge to see any human as a messiah and putting them on a pedestal. No person must EVER be the centre of power . It's what got us into that mess anyways.Two terms and you're out. No negotiation or amendment. #Mugaberesigns#Zimbabwe— Paul Kaseke Snr (@paulkasekesnr) November 22, 2017
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