Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe resigns

Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe resigns

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb, 27, 2016, file photo, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe gestures as he delivers his speech during celebrations to mark his 92nd birthday celebrations in Masvingo about 300 kilometres south of Harare. "Do you want me to punch you to the floor to realize I am still there?" The speaker was not a boxer trash-talking before a fight. It was Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who is 92 and known for pugnacious comments. This one, to an interviewer from state TV, was in response to a question about retirement plans and who would succeed him. "Why 'successor' when I am still there?" Mugabe said in the interview aired Thursday night. "Why do you want a successor?" (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

Zimbabwe’s long serving ruler, Robert Mugabe finally resigned, 48 hours after he said he would be around till next year to chair the convention of ZANU-PF.

Mugabe’s hold on the country since 1980 had been whittled down since last week after the rebellion by the armed forces, who seized control of the country but denied that their intervention was a military coup.

But since then, the military control had unraveled in slow motion, with Mugabe even being allowed to make a broadcast on Sunday, in which he surprisingly refused to resign.

The news of his resignation after days of dramatic standoff ignited wild jubilation in Harare and other cities.

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