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    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Resigns




    Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s longstanding authoritarian president, agreed to step down on Tuesday, according to the speaker of the nation’s parliament.

    The announcement comes a little less than a week after the country’s military seized power, setting in motion an end to the 37-year rule of the world’s oldest serving president.

    Impeachment proceedings against Mugabe had already begun early Tuesday, but the speaker of parliament read a letter to lawmakers later in the day that he said came from the president and offered a formal resignation.

    “I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe, hereby formally tender my resignation,” the speaker said, reading from what he said was Mugabe’s letter.

    Mugabe has yet to appear or speak publicly since the letter was read, and it marks a reversal from a long-winded speech he gave on Sunday when he refused to address the push for his resignation. Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party had fired Mugabe as its leader earlier that day and expelled his politically powerful wife, Grace, from its ranks.

    Crowds of Zimbabweans gathered at Unity Square in the capital of Harare following the announcement of Mugabe’s resignation, cheering his ouster and waving signs.

    Once a celebrated freedom fighter, Mugabe has been accused of orchestrating human rights abuses against impoverished black Zimbabweans, white farmers and thousands of LGBTQ people while amassing vast wealth as the nation spiraled into poverty.

    His resignation is the culmination of a military action that began last week, when Zimbabwe’s armed forces seized control of state television, surrounded government buildings and detained the president in his home on Wednesday.

    Military officials denied at the time that they were attempting to depose the 93-year-old president, arguing that they were only targeting “criminals” around him. But as time went on and Mugabe kept silent, it became increasingly clear the leader’s days in power were numbered. Zimbabwe’s state-run newspaper released photos on Thursday purporting to show negotiations between military officials and the president.

    Tension and uncertainty dominated the days that followed, as Mugabe officially remained president but the military was effectively in control. Mugabe further confused observers when he made a public appearance last Friday, attending a graduation ceremony for Zimbabwe Open University.

    Mugabe has governed Zimbabwe since 1980, winning the presidency after he helped the country gain independence after a long struggle against colonial rule and governance by its white minority. Throughout his tenure, the strongman held onto power through crackdowns on opposition and dissent. Even as Zimbabwe’s economy collapsed in the past decade and the regime drew harsh international condemnation, Mugabe found ways to remain in control.

    In recent years, however, Mugabe’s advanced age and mental lapses grew increasingly apparent. He often slept through public events, had been oblivious while delivering the wrong speech to Parliament and seemed unfit for even basic ceremonial duties. Sensing an impending end to his rule, the country’s power brokers had begun a bitter jockeying over who would replace him.

    The current crisis began when Mugabe fired his vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, on Nov. 6, a move widely seen as a means to consolidate power within the president’s family and potentially clear the way for his wife to become his successor. The move upset Mnangagwa’s supporters in the military.

    Instead of waiting for a transition of power to Grace Mugabe, Gen. Constantino Chiwenga, the head of the nation’s military, issued a statement on Nov. 13 threatening to step in if Mugabe failed to halt purges against Mnangagwa loyalists. The army ultimately took action late the following night, bringing troops and military vehicles into the streets of the capital.

    The U.S. State Department’s top official for Africa told Reuters on Thursday that the country was seeking “a new era,” and encouraged Mugabe to step aside.

    “It’s a transition to a new era for Zimbabwe, that’s really what we’re hoping for,” Donald Yamamoto, acting assistant secretary of state for African affairs, told the news outlet.

    Mnangagwa, who issued a statement from an undisclosed location on Monday night calling for Mugabe to resign, now stands to become the country’s next leader. But there is concern among rights groups over both the nature of the change in leadership and Mnangagwa’s past.

    The military and 75-year-old Mnangagwa played key roles in asserting Mugabe’s authoritarian rule over the country, and have been implicated in orchestrating killings, disappearances and other rights abuses.

    This article has been updated with more details on Mugabe’s resignation. Willa Frej, Nick Visser and Lydia O’Connor contributed reporting.
    • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.



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    Ah le Vieux MUGABE, même s'il part aujourd'hui, on espère qu'il se consacrera un peu plus aux réseaux sociaux parce que ces citations hilarantes nous manqueront, voici quelques unes :
    1. Sur la transition politique en cours:
    - Journaliste: Quand comptez-vous dire au revoir à votre peuple?
    - Mugabe: Au revoir? Ils vont où?

    2. Sur l'homosexualité et l'appel d'Obama:
    « Si le président Obama veut que j’autorise le mariage pour les personnes du même sexe dans mon pays, il faut qu’il vienne ici que je l’épouse d’abord. »

    3. « Mes sœurs, il ne faut jamais être déçu par un homme qui ne vous dit « Je t’aime » que lorsqu’il pleut. Rassurez-vous, vous n’êtes pas des parapluies »

    4. « Comment voulez-vous que les diplômes des africains aient de la valeur, lorsque les enseignants d’universités sont tous des DJ (Atalaku) »

    5. « Un pasteur n’est pas un exemple de charité s’il met un mot de passe sur le Wifi de l’église »

    6. « Les voisins diront toujours qu’ils ont vu la fille que tu as ramenée la nuit dernière … Mais ils ne verront jamais le voleur qui est entré dans la maison en plein jour !!! "

    7. « Si un homme marié se sent attiré par les filles d’école, qu’il achète un uniforme d’école à sa femme et son problème est résolu ! "

    8. "Rien n’est plus troublant pour une femme que d’être dans une relation avec un homme fauché mais très bon au lit."

    9. "Nous vivons dans une génération ou des amoureux peuvent se toucher les parties intimes mais n’ont pas le droit de toucher le téléphone de l’autre parce c’est trop intime."

    10. "Les femmes qui se rasent les sourcils et les dessinent au crayon ne devraient pas demander de l’argent pour faire leur cheveux. Elles peuvent très bien se raser les cheveux et dessiner au crayon la coiffure de leur choix. "

    11. ”L’avantage avec la femme africaine est que quand elle décide de partir, tu as encore deux ans pour la reconquérir ”

    12. ”Meme satan n’est pas homosexuel ; il a préféré aller vers Eve plutôt que d’aller vers Adam”

    13. ”Ils ont fait les pneus des véhicules en noir, peint le diable en noir … Mais tant que le papier hygiénique est bien blanc et que je m’essuie le c*l avec lorsque je vais aux chiottes, alors je m’en réjouis”

    14. ”Certaines d’entre vous, les femmes, ne peuvent même pas faire du jogging pendant 5 minutes, mais s’attendent à ce qu’un homme ait une performance de 2 heures dans le lit. ????
    Votre niveau d’égoïsme exige une croisade d’une semaine”

    15. ”Respectez les femmes enceintes car ce n’est pas facile de se promener avec une preuve d’avoir couché avec un homme ! ”

    16. ”Si ça avait été des chinois dans le jardin d’Eden ils auraient mangé le serpent plutôt que la pomme ! Des Noirs auraient tué le serpent, mis dans une bouteille et mettre l’alcool dessus. Mais les Blancs aiment trop les fruits exotiques.
    Résultat : ils ont mangé la pomme …

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