In photos: People of Zimbabwe celebrate Robert Mugabe's resignation in the streets

Many in Zimbabwe have celebrated the resignation of Robert Mugabe
Some thanked former Zimbabwean vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa for returning
Many celebrated with soldiers from the army
A woman is seen kneeling on a Zimbabwe flag
People were seen dancing in the streets
Zimbabwe's Members of Parliament also celebrated when hearing the news
Many soldiers sat on top of their tanks
Children also met soldiers on the streets

A Zanu-PF shirt is burned as people celebrate the downfall of Robert Mugabe

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Scores of people in Zimbabwe have been celebrating on the streets following the resignation of Robert Mugabe yesterday (November 21).

Mugabe's resignation was written in a letter and was read out in Parliament after an impeachment hearing had already started.

It claimed that he took this decision voluntarily as he wanted there to be a peaceful and smooth transition of power, according to the BBC.

Mugabe had been in power for 37 years but many criticised him for the way he ruled over the country. The former Marxist revolutionary has been accused of rigging elections and forcing people into poverty.

Pressure had been mounting on the President to resign after the military uprising, which culminating in Mugabe being placed under house arrest.

The uprising was sparked by Mugabe's decision to remove Emmerson Mnangagwa as vice-president, a move seen by many as an attempt to allow his wife Grace Mugabe to gain power.

Mnangagwa is now expected to become the President of Zimbabwe following Mugabe's resignation.

Many poured out into the streets to celebrate the news by dancing, waving flags and using their car horns.

Take a look at the celebrations in the gallery above