Robert Mugabe who has been the President of Zimbabwe for 37 years has finally resigned from office.
Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe resigns. A letter from Mr Mugabe said that the decision was voluntary and that he had made it to allow a smooth transition of power. Mr Mugabe has dominated Zimbabwe's political scene for almost four decades.
Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980 is credited with ending colonialism and white minority rule, but has faced years of criticism for building a harsh dictatorship and economic mismanagement.
Here are some excerpts of his letter of resignation.
"I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation... with immediate effect," Mugabe said in his letter, which Mudenda read out in parliament.
"My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire for a smooth, non-violent transfer of power,"
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