Jacob Mudenda, the speaker of parliament, told the media that Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has decided to step down from his position.
Mugabe sent a letter to the speaker of parliament explaining the decision was voluntary and he made it, to allow a smooth transfer of power.
Zimbabwean people welcomed Mugabe’s resignation with massive celebrations on the streets across the country.
The ruling Zanu-PF party said former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa will succeed Mugabe and become the second president of Zimbabwe.
Earlier this month, Mugabe fired his deputy Mnangagwa from his post, a move which many saw as an attempt to establish the way for Grace Mugabe to succeed her husband as leader of the country.
The move caused a political crisis, which triggered the military to step in and put Mugabe under house arrest.
Members of parliament rejoiced soon after the speaker of parliament announced the resignation of Mugabe.
The 93-year old leader had previously refused to step down despite last week’s military takeover and days of protests.
According to the constitution, current Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko should succeed Mugabe as president of the country.
However, Zanu-PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke said that Mnangagwa would be in office within 48 hours.
More details to follow. Image 1 of Robert Mugabe from Metro.