Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has resigned, ending his regime after nearly four decades in power. It follows a military takeover and an ultimatum to resign the presidency or face removal from office.
Mugabe, who is 93 and one of the world’s longest-ruling leaders, had faced the likelihood of removal from office after parliament began impeaching proceedings on Tuesday. Parliament Speaker Jacob Mudenda later said that Mugabe had resigned in a letter.
Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since 1987, making him one of the world’s longest-ruling leaders. Zimbabwe has long faced sanctions from the international community for alleged human rights abuses and vote-rigging by Mugabe.
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