Parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda has announced earlier this evening that Robert Mugabe has resigned as president.
Mr. Mugabe had been president for 37 years. He was withdrawn from power after a military take over which saw his dictatorship regime come crumbling down.
“I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby officially tender my resignation… with immediate effect,” said speaker Mudenda, reading the letter.
The surprise news was delivered to a special joint session of parliament.
The parliamentarians had assembled to debate a motion to impeach Mugabe, who has dominated all facets of Zimbabwean public life since independence in 1980.
The people took to the streets to celebrate their “freedom”.
“We are just so pleased that things are at last going to revolutionize,” Togo Ndhlalambi, 32, a hairdresser, told the media.
“We woke up each morning praying for this day. This nation has been through rough times.”
It topped an unmatched week in which the military took power; tens of thousands of Zimbabwean citizens took to the streets to insist the president go and 93-year-old Mugabe fought to stay in authority.
Mugabe had ruled Zimbabwe more or less unopposed ever since the nation won independence from Britain.
But his efforts to position his wife Grace as his heir prompted rage in the military that had underpinned his rule.