Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe 37 Year Rule Ends; Resigns


Zimbabwean President Robert has resigned.

Zimbabwe Parliament

His resignation comes in the midst of impeachment proceedings triggered by the members of Parliament of the ruling Zanu PF.

In power for 37 years, the veteran African leader was under heavy pressure to step aide. The military of the southern African nation over a week ago inserted itself in the political situation and called for a stop to Mugabe’s purge of the ruling party.

Zimbabweans Celebrating in Harare

I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation… with immediate effect,” the letter read said.

Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans marched over the weekend to call for Mugabe’s resignation. In his resignation letter read by the Speaker of Parliament, Mugabe did not say who is in charge of the country.

The ruling Zanu PF has installed dismissed Vice President Emnerson Mnangagwa as it’s leader. Mugabe, who had earlier fired the VP, had called Mnangagwa to return for talks but the overture was declined.

Mnangagwa instead called on Mugabe to step down immediately.

West African Journal Magazine is monitoring citizens celebrations in the capital Harare following Mugabe’s resignation.


According to the Washington Post, Mugabe resignation leaves Zimbabwe at a crossroads – with the military technically in charge of the country, but with a wide array of political groups now angling for power. Former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired by Mugabe earlier this month, appears most likely to inherit the presidency, at least in the short term.

Social media is reacting to the news of Mugabe”s resignation.


West African Journal Magazine and Wire Services