BREAKING: Robert Mugabe resigns as President of Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe has finally resigned as president of the African country after 37 years in power. Mugabe’s resignation came just when the Zimbabwean Parliament was having an impeachment hearing.

Robert Mugabe resigns
FILE PHOTO: Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe looks on during a rally marking Zimbabwe’s 32nd independence anniversary celebrations in Harare, Zimbabwe April 18, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo – RC185E099F60

According to Sky News, Mugabe wrote a letter to the Zimbabwean parliament saying he was resigning “with immediate effect.”

“I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, hereby formally tender my resignation as President,” his letter read.

The parliament had resumed on Tuesday after a hiatus, planning to kick off Mugabe’s impeachment proceedings.

Instead, the session had begun with a reading of Mugabe’s resignation letter.

Crowds around the country took to the streets to celebrate the resignation, dancing and singing.

Mugabe, following a military takeover, had been expected to resign in a speech on Sunday.

Instead, the 93-year-old had said he would be leading the party Zanu-PF into their congress in December, despite being removed as its leader.

His ousted vice-president Emerson Mnangagwa is expected to take over as president.

Watch the moment his resignation was read below:

“I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe hereby formally tender my resignation as President”: The  leader steps down 

Meanwhile, wild celebrations have broken out in the streets of Harare following the announcement. Zimbabwean Veterans have earlier called on Zimbabweans to throng to the capital in a massive protest but from the looks of it, their protests would be turning into a party.

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