Celebrations on the streets as Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe resigns

Supporters at the Manyame Air Force Base in Harare Wednesday Nov. 22 2017 waits for the expected arrival of Zimbabwe's recently fired vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa is is set to return today to be sworn in as the country's new leader after

The first signs of a military takeover emerged November 14 as armored vehicles were deployed near the capital, one week after Mugabe fired his deputy and longtime ally, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and accused him of scheming to take power, including through witchcraft.

The former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe had fired, has been appointed as the new party leader.

The army seized power after Mugabe sacked Mnangagwa, ZANU-PF's favourite to succeed him, to smooth a path to the presidency for his wife Grace, 52, known to her critics as "Gucci Grace" for her reputed fondness for luxury shopping.

He added that Zanu-PF has been complicit in the 37 year rule of President Robert Mugabe. Moyo, a key Mugabe strategist took to Twitter yesterday to say he was "relatively fine outside the country" with other ministers Kasukuwere, Patrick Zhuwao, Makhosini Hlongwane, Paddy Zhanda and 50 other party officials.

Nicknamed "the Crocodile", he was a longtime ally of Mr Mugabe's until their recent falling out and was accused of being instrumental in a crackdown on dissent in the 1980s that led to the deaths of at least 10,000 civilians, an allegation he denies.

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Mass spontaneous street parties broke out on the streets of Harare moments after the news broke. "My desire is to ensure a peaceful non-violent transition‚" Mugabe said in his resignation. "The solution has to come from outside these movements‚" Maimane said.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has stepped down, according to the speaker of the country's parliament.

During his reign, he took the once-rich country to economic ruin and kept his grip on power through repression of opponents, although he styled himself as the Grand Man of African politics and kept the admiration of many people across Africa.

But the move backfired as it triggered the military intervention of last Wednesday that brought a swift ending to his near four decades in power.

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