Robert Mugabe resigns as President of Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has resigned after 37 years, parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda has confirmed.

A letter from Mr Mugabe said that the decision was voluntary and that he had made it to allow a smooth transfer of power, the Reuters news agency reports.

Mugabe’s surprise announcement halted an impeachment hearing that had begun against him.

BBC reports that Lawmakers roared in jubilation and people have begun celebrating in the streets.

Mr Mugabe had previously refused to resign despite last week’s military takeover and days of protests.

Mugabe has been in power since independence in 1980.