The resignation of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has been announced by the Speaker of the country’s parliament, Jacob Mudenda. 

“I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation… with immediate effect,” said Mudenda, reading the letter.

The announcement came amidst proceedings to impeach him, and resulted in celebrations in the country’s streets following days of protests.

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Mugabe, who had been in power since 1980, will now be succeeded by Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa’s sack sparked the political revolt that led to call’s for Mugabe’s resignation..

Mnangagwa, who had fled the country after learning of a plot after his life, revealed that Mugabe had invited him for talks.

He said: “I can confirm that President Robert Gabriel Mugabe made contact with me and invited me to return home for a discussion on the current political events in the nation.

“I told the President that I would not return home now until I am satisfied of my personal security, because of the manner and treatment given to me upon being fired,” said Mnangagwa.