21 Nov 2017 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV (NAMPA) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has stepped down as president late Tuesday afternoon.
His resignation follows pressure from that country’s army which took over the government last week to rid the government of “criminals”.
According to international news reports, Mugabe resigned in a letter to the Zimbabwean Speaker of Parliament.
Large crowds of people were witnessed on live television dancing, singing and jumping in joy after hearing the news of Mugabe’s resignation.
“We could not be any happier; it was a long time coming and we have been waiting for this day for a very long time,” some jubilant celebrators expressed on the eNCA 24-hour news channel.
Mugabe, a 93-year-old former guerrilla, has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.
The ruling Zanu-PF party appointed currently exiled Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa as its interim president last week. Mnangagwa was fired by Mugabe earlier this month.