Robert Mu­gabe Re­signs

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Zim­bab­wean Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe has re­signed, end­ing al­most four decades of rul­ing of the coun­try. His res­ig­na­tion was an­nounced on Novem­ber 21 by Speaker of Par­lia­ment Ja­cob Mu­denda dur­ing a joint sit­ting of Se­nate and Na­tional Assem­bly that was de­bat­ing his im­peach­ment mo­tion.

In his res­ig­na­tion let­ter Mu­gabe said: “My de­ci­sion to re­sign is vol­un­tary on my part and arises from my con­cern with the wel­fare of the peo­ple of Zim­babwe and my de­sire to en­sure a smooth, peace­ful and non-vi­o­lent tran­si­tion of power that un­der­pins na­tional se­cu­rity, peace and sta­bil­ity.”

Mu­gabe, 93, is a Zim­bab­wean rev­o­lu­tion­ary and politi­cian who led his coun­try as Prime Min­is­ter from 1980 to 1987 and as Pres­i­dent from 1987 to 2017. He chaired the Zim­babwe African Na­tional Union (ZANU) from 1975 to 1980 and led its suc­ces­sor po­lit­i­cal party, the Zanu-pa­tri­otic Front (ZANUPF), from 1980 to 2017.

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