Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe's president a week after the army and his former political allies moved against him, ending four decades of rule by a man who turned from independence hero to archetypal African strongman. Matthew Larotonda reports.
Scenes of jubilation in Zimbabwe as 37 years of rule by a single man ends.
President Robert Mugabe resigned, hours after his foes and former party allies united against him in impeachment proceedings.
It's been one week since the military action that put Mugabe under house arrest.
The impeachment process giving an air of legality to what would otherwise have been an outright coup.
But until now there's been little indication he'd step down voluntarily, even as he was being pressured from all sides.
Hours before his resignation he tried calling a routine cabinet meeting as if it was business as usual. Only six out of 23 attended, the rest sat in on the impeachment proceedings instead.
Reuters found moves were being made behind the scenes against Mugabe as early as September, but the powder keg exploded when he fired his vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in favor of his wife Grace Mugabe.
That triggered the military intervention - those generals are now seen as heroes by Mugabe's foes.
Mnangagwa has been appointed to replace Mugabe as party leader but he's currently out of country.
He's said he'll return when his safety is assured.