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Zimbabwe Parliament Speaker confirms Mugabe has resigned | Coastweek

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Members of Zimbabwe’s parliament [left] began sitting Tuesday afternoon to start impeachment proceedings against Robert Mugabe. Last official function: Robert Mugabe [right] officiating at the graduation ceremony of Zimbabwe Open University in Harare. Robert Mugabe has now resigned as president of Zimbabwe. XINHUA PHOTOS - TAWANDA

Zimbabwe Parliament Speaker confirms Mugabe has resigned

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has resigned. His resignation was announced Tuesday by Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda during a joint sitting of Senate and National Assembly that was debating his impeachment motion.

In his resignation letter Mugabe said:

"I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, in terms of Section 96 sub section 1 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation as the President of Zimbabwe with immediate effect."

He continued:

"My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern with the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire to ensure a smooth, peaceful and non-violent transition of power that underpins national security, peace and stability."

Mudenda immediately announced suspension of debate and said he will immediately put in place proper legal processes to install a new country president no later than end of Wednesday.

The resignation came two days after the ruling Zanu-PF party deposed Mugabe as leader, and also recalled him from government over a litany of charges.

The party had given Mugabe until mid-day on Monday to resign, but he ignored the deadline, prompting Zanu-PF legislators on Tuesday to start parliamentary impeachment proceedings against him.

However, as the impeachment proceedings got underway, Mugabe abruptly resigned, ending almost four decades of near total dominance of Zimbabwe’s political landscape.

Zimbabwe Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa persuaded Mugabe to resign and said he will not return to Zimbabwe until he is satisfied that his personal security is guaranteed.

In a press statement released on Tuesday morning, Mnangagwa confirmed that he had spoken with Mugabe Monday.

He called on Mugabe to resign in line with the wishes of the people who demanded his resignation as they demonstrated at the weekend in support of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces (ZDF) who took over government operations last Tuesday.

He said he had told Mugabe that the current political and constitutional crisis in the country was not a matter between the two of them but between the people of Zimbabwe and Mugabe.

"The people of Zimbabwe have clearly spoken on this matter.

"To me the voice of the people is the voice of God and their lack of trust and confidence in the leadership of President Mugabe has been expressed.

"The people of Zimbabwe have spoken with one voice and it is my appeal to President Mugabe that he should take heed of this clarion call by the people of Zimbabwe to resign so that the country can move forward and preserve his legacy," he said.

He said he had told Mugabe that he had two options: either cooperate with the defense forces for a peaceful resolution to the crisis which would result in the preservation of his legacy or continue to dig in and suffer humiliation because definitely the will of the people would prevail against one person.

In neighboring country South Africa, traffic reportedly came to a standstill in its largest city Johannesburg on Tuesday as thousands of Zimbabweans went to the streets to celebrate following the resignation of their President Robert Mugabe.

A 30 year old teacher Yeukai Shumba said she loves the former president Mugabe, however, Mugabe made a mistake by allowing his wife to control him.

"We need change in our country.

"We have been struggling for so long ...

"Definitely, I would go back home.

"I love my country, I am proudly a Zimbabwean.

"I know things won’t change overnight but I would like to see more jobs for our youths.

"I would also want to see improvement in our health sector and our education must be affordable to all people," she said.

Another Zimbabwean teacher, based in Johannesburg, Sylvester Simanga Dube, welcomed Mugabe’s resignation.

He said many Zimbabweans are homesick having been in the foreign lands for years.

"Well I don’t mind who comes in as president but there are signs that we are going to have a fresh promising restart.

"The new leader must work on economic revival and must have an appealing voice to the international community," he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Zimbabwean state media New Ziana reported that South African President Jacob Zuma and his Angolan counterpart Joao Lourenco will travel to Zimbabwe on Wednesday to assess the political situation in the country.
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UN calls for calm in Zimbabwe following resignation of Mugabe

UNITED NATIONS New York (Xinhua) -- UN leaders have called for calm and restraint in Zimbabwe following the resignation of President Robert Mugabe, who had ruled the country for 37 years since independence.

Both UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak called for calm and restraint in the southern African country after a week of political tumult.

Zimbabwe’s Parliament Speaker Jacob Mudenda on Tuesday announced the resignation of Mugabe, one day after the 93-year-old ignored a deadline set by his own party to step down.

"The (UN) secretary-general encourages all Zimbabweans to maintain calm and restraint," UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters in New York.

Mugabe was taken into custody by the military last week after he fired Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa. His own political party restored Mnangagwa and demanded Mugabe’s resignation.

As Mugabe initially remained defiant, his party threatened to impeach him.
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Zimbabwe parliament begins sitting to impeach Mugabe

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe’s parliament began sitting Tuesday afternoon to start impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe.

Parliament Speaker Jacob Mudenda confirmed that parliament had received the motion moved by ruling ZANU-PF lawmaker Monica Mutsvangwa and seconded by opposition Movement for Democratic Change legislator James Maridadi.

Outlining the rules of procedure, Mudenda said the impeachment process will follow three stages which are adoption of the motion which requires 174 votes, followed by establishment of a committee of Standing Rules and Orders to investigate the charges against Mugabe and report back to parliament.

The third stage is the actual voting, which requires a two-thirds majority. Mudenda said 232 votes out of a total 347 members of parliament are needed for the impeachment motion to prevail.

There are 269 members in the National Assembly and 78 members in the Senate.

"This motion is unprecedented in the history of post-independent Zimbabwe," Mudenda said at a brief sitting of parliament Tuesday afternoon before it adjourned to 16:30 hours for the joint sitting of the National Assembly and Senate at a bigger venue at the Harare International Conference Center in the capital.

The impeachment of Mugabe comes after he was removed by his party as its leader on Sunday and his refusal to accede to the party’s ultimatum for him to resign by Monday noon.
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South African and Angolan leaders to travel to Zimbabwe: state media

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- South African President Jacob Zuma and his Angolan counterpart Joao Lourenco will travel to Zimbabwe to assess the political situation in the country following a military takeover of government affairs.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Tuesday released a statement at the end of an SADC Troika meeting held in Angola, which confirmed Zuma and Lourenco would arrive in Zimbabwe on Wednesday, Zimbabwean state media New Ziana reported Tuesday.

"The Summit of Organ Troika plus SADC chair noted with great concern the unfolding political situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe, and resolved that President Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as Chairperson of SADC, and His Excellency Joao Manuel Goncalves Lourenco in his capacity as Chairperson of the Organ on Politics and Defence and Security Cooperation will immediately undertake a mission to Zimbabwe on 22 November 2017 to assess the situation," SADC said in its statement.

The SADC mission comes as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is under growing pressure to resign.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwean ruling party Zanu PF has started processes to impeach Mugabe in Parliament as calls for his resignation intensify.
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Zimbabwe cabinet fails to take off after ministers snub Mugabe: state media

HARARE Zimbabwe (Xinhua) -- A routine cabinet meeting that had been called by President Robert Mugabe Tuesday failed to take place after cabinet ministers snubbed the meeting, the official Herald newspaper reported.

The newspaper said the ministers resolved to snub the cabinet meeting at a party caucus meeting Monday.

A joint sitting of the Senate and National Assembly to impeach Mugabe is set to be held at Harare International Conference Center in the capital Tuesday afternoon as it can accommodate all legislators than the current parliament building which is small, according to the newspaper.

Mugabe’s impeachment comes after he missed the party deadline to resign by Monday noon following military takeover of government and street protests Saturday by Zimbabweans calling on him to resign.
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