Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe President

Robert Mugabe resigns as President

Robert Mugabe has said he has resigned voluntarily

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has resigned from his position, according to Sky News.

In a letter, Mugabe said he had resigned voluntarily and he wished to ensure a smooth transfer of power, according to Reuters.

Mugabe was placed under house arrest following a military uprising last week, and had faced mounting pressure to resign.

The 93-year-old was given a deadline of 10am GMT yesterday to step down by lawmakers, but the deadline passed without his doing so.

This meant an impeachment hearing against him had already commenced but was stopped when news of his resignation broke. 

The military uprising began after Mugabe fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a move which many believed was an attempt to allow his wife Grace Mugabe to one day rule.

Last week he was removed as leader of the Zanu-PF party and replaced by Mnangagwa. it is now thought it is likely he will become President. 

Mugabe was the President of Zimbabwe since 1987 and has been described as a de factor dictator by critics, with widespread allegations of election-rigging.