Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has stepped down from his role as the country’s Commander In Chief (CIC) on Tuesday evening. Mugabe has been in charge in Zimbabwe for over 37-years.
The 93-year-old’s resignation was announced by Jacob Mudendahe, the Zimbabwean Parliament Speaker, who said he received a letter from Robert Mugabe that read that the President is resigning.
In the letter, President Mugabe said that he decided to step down to allow for the smooth transition of power in the country.
“In terms of the provisions of section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe, amendment number 20, 2013.
“Following my verbal communication with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Advocate Jacob Mudenda at 13:53 hours, 21st November, 2017 intimating my intention to resign as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe with immediate effect.
“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 to ensure a smooth, peaceful and non-violent transfer of power that underpins national security, peace and stability.
“Kindly give public notice of my resignation as soon as possible as required by section 96 (1) of the constitution of Zimbabwe,” Robert Mugabe said.
On Sunday, Zimbabwe’s ruling party announced that President Mugabe had been removed from his position as President and first secretary of the ZANU PF by a unanimous vote at a Central Committee Special Session in Harare.
The party said he had been given until midday on Monday to resign from his position as Head of State.