Parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda read a letter from Zimbabwe’s dictator president, Robert Mugabe. In it he announced the decision to resign from office; stating the move was voluntary and wished to have a smooth transition of power.
This move threw off a lot of MPs, whom already made the move to start an impeachment hearing.
His announcement halted the hearing and lawmakers in parliament could be heard cheering; while people in the streets began their celebrations.
Last week there was a military coup to over throw the president and continuous days of protesting.
Mugabe’s successor was not mentioned in the letter, however.
According to Zimbabwe’s constitution it should be current VP Phelekezela Mphoko, whom is a supporter of Grace Mugabe and the reason the military coup started in the first place.
‘Mr Mudenda said moves were under way to ensure a new leader could take over by late on Wednesday,’ reports the BBC.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said his resignation “provides Zimbabwe with an opportunity to forge a new path free of the oppression that characterised his rule”.
The BBC continued, “she said that Britain, ‘as Zimbabwe’s oldest friend,’ will do all it can to support free and fair elections and the rebuilding of the Zimbabwean economy.”
- The US Embassy in Harare, the capital, said it was a “historic moment” and congratulated Zimbabweans who “raised their voices and stated peacefully and clearly that the time for change was overdue”
- South Africa’s main opposition Democratic Alliance welcomed the move, saying Mr Mugabe had turned from “liberator to dictator”
- Prominent Zimbabwean opposition politician David Coltart tweeted: “We have removed a tyrant but not yet a tyranny”