Published: Thu, November 23, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Crowds gather outside Zimbabwe parliament as Mugabe faces impeachment

Crowds gather outside Zimbabwe parliament as Mugabe faces impeachment

Robert Mugabe agreed on Sunday to resign as Zimbabwe's president hours after the ruling ZANU-PF party fired him as its leader following 37 years in charge, a source familiar with the negotiations said.

Parliament is due to open impeachment proceedings on Tuesday against Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980 and is the only leader numerous country's population have ever known.

In displays similar to the fall with Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu back in 1989, males, ladies and youngsters jogged next to armored vehicles and members of the military which moved with this week to get rid of the only real leader Zimbabwe has identified with, ever since the independence of 1980.

"The army summoned the OB Van to the state house". By dawn it was clear that Mugabe was under house arrest, and his grip on power was over. However, Mugabe's son Chatunga railed against those who had pushed out his father.

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He fled to South Africa after his dismissal, saying he feared for his life. Western governments-including the United States-have generally not endorsed the methods, but have said that the takeover presents an opportunity for Zimbabwe to open a new chapter.

Zanu-PF's Patrick Chinamasa could hardly finish his announcements as celebrations broke when he declared the official axing of Mugabe as party leader.

"You can't fire a Revolutionary leader!" he wrote on this Facebook page.

America, the long Mugabe critic, stated it was eager for a "new era" within Zimbabwe, whilst President Ian Khama with bordering Botswana, mentioned Mugabe didn't have any diplomatic help in the area and really should step down right away.

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ZANU-PF's central committee is also expected to reinstate Emmerson Mnangagwa as party vice-president, resurrecting the political career of the former security chief, nicknamed The Crocodile, whose sacking this month triggered the military's intervention.

Mugabe's political demise is the effect of a struggle over who would succeed him in ZANU-PF, a party split between those loyal to Mnangagwa and supporters of Grace Mugabe.

The economy collapsed after the seizure of white-owned farms in 2000.

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