Joy! Jubilation! And Yes... Hope. Zimbabweans Celebrate The End Of Mugabe

Zanu-PF to amend constitution to halt centralising of power

Zanu-PF to amend constitution to halt centralising of power

Mugabe's letter did not indicate who the next leader of the nation should be, but the constitution points to the current vice president, an ally of Mugabe's wife, Grace. Earlier on Sunday, the official Herald newspaper showed pictures of him meeting top generals at his State House offices.

Mugabe's resignation marks the an end of an era in Zimbabwe - he ruled the country with an iron fist for nearly four decades and is the only leader the nation has known since it achieved independence from Britain in 1980.

According to CNN, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has resigned, the speaker of the country's Parliament said, bringing an end to his 37 years of rule. "Thank you!" in scenes unthinkable even a week ago.

The newspaper said that ZANU-PF branches in all 10 provinces had met and had also called for Mugabe's wife Grace, whose ambitions to succeed her husband triggered the political crisis, to resign from the party.

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Mnangagwa, a former state security chief known as "The Crocodile", is expected to head an interim post-Mugabe unity government that will focus on rebuilding ties with the outside world and stabilizing an economy in free fall.

War Veterans leader Christopher Mutsvangwa (C) celebrates the dismissal of President Robert Mugabe as leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party on November 19, 2017 in Harare.

Mnangagwa, the country's likely next president, calls for Mugabe to stand down in his first intervention since the army takeover, saying he should "heed this clarion call" so the country can move forward.

On Saturday, men, women and children ran alongside the armored cars and troops who stepped in to target what the army called "criminals" in Mugabe's inner circle.

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A senior member of ZANU-PF earlier told Reuters the party wanted their long-time president gone.

Mugabe's hardline policies also pushed the country into poverty.

Feelings and emotions are running over in the Harare's roadways as Zimbabweans talk of the 2nd liberation and hopes for economic and political change following 2 decades of deepening repression & adversity.

Mugabe shocked many on Sunday when he was expected to resign, but instead gave what many considered a weird speech that focused on the country's unity while ignoring protests that had taken place the previous day.

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Parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda said that "moves were under way" for a new leader to take over by Wednesday.

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