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Zimbabwe's Mugabe resigns, ending four decades of rule

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 00:50

Wild celebrations break out in Zimbabwe's parliament as Speaker Jacob Mudenda announces President Mugabe's resignation. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe's president on Tuesday (November 21) 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. The 93-year-old had clung on for a week after an army takeover and expulsion from his own ruling ZANU-PF party, but resigned shortly after parliament began an impeachment process seen as the only legal way to force him out. Wild celebrations broke out at a joint sitting of parliament when Speaker Jacob Mudenda announced Mugabe's resignation and suspended the impeachment procedure. People danced and car horns blared on the streets of Harare at news that the era of Mugabe - who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 - was finally over.

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe resigns, ending four decades of rule

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 00:50