Jubilation as sudden resignation of Mugabe ends an era of tyranny

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Zimbabwe has come alive.

TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY Zimbabwean MPs celebrate after President Robert Mugabe's resignation on Tuesday in Harare. Mugabe was swept from power as his 37-year reign of brutality crumbled within days of a military takeover.
TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY Zimbabwean MPs celebrate after President Robert Mugabe’s resignation on Tuesday in Harare. Mugabe was swept from power as his 37-year reign of brutality crumbled within days of a military takeover.  Image: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Liberating the country for a second time, Robert Mugabe resigned as head of state on Tuesday, submitting a letter to parliament saying he wanted to ensure a peaceful transition, a week after army tanks descended on Harare.

When historians one day tell the story of his removal, it will be a strange tale of a coup that wasn’t a coup, an aborted resignation and finally impeachment proceedings that saw Africa’s strongman ejected from his perch.

On Tuesday evening Zimbabwe’s parliament was convened to impeach him with all political parties and independent legislators singing from the same hymn book.

There was so much interest parliament had to be moved to the 5000-seater Harare International Conference Centre.

On Tuesday evening Zimbabwe’s parliament was convened to impeach him with all political parties and independent legislators singing from the same hymn book.

There was so much interest parliament had to be moved to the 5000-seater Harare International Conference Centre.

BY JAMES THOMPSON, RAY NDLOVU, NICO GOUS, REUTERS AND AND AFP

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