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Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Has Died

He will be missed by very few Zimbabweans.

Aljazeera reports that Zimbabwe's former president and leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF), Robert Mugabe, has died at the age of 95. The former statesman, who was forced to resign back in 2017 in the infamous "coup-not-coup", had ruled the country for close to four decades. In his latter years, although he denied reports that he was suffering from advanced prostate cancer, he frequented Singapore for medical treatment and was visibly frail.

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Zimbabwe Will Hold Its First Post-Mugabe Elections on July 30

This will be the first time Robert Mugabe's name will not be on the ballot.

Zimbabwe will hold its first elections since the ousting of Robert Mugabe on July 30, CNN reports.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa made the announcement on Twitter, saying the national elections "will be free, fair and transparent, and the voice of the people will be heard."

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Mugabe in 1980. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Mugabe Resigns—Finally

The Zimbabwean president and independence hero Robert Mugabe resigned today after 37 years in office.

Weeks, months, years even of speculation have come down to this moment—Robert Mugabe has resigned.

After a confounding speech on Sunday where he was widely expected to resign and didn't, the Zimbabwean president has sent a letter to the speaker of parliament announcing that he is stepping down. After Sunday's speech, a made for TV moment amidst a military coup, Mugabe was widely lauded as a savvy survivor who was somehow singlehandedly outwitting the entire Zimbabwean military apparatus and Zanu PF ruling party.

But alas, all things must end. And so as Zimbabwean parliament moved to impeach, Mugabe finally sent his resignation letter where it was announced by the speaker Jacob Mubenda just minutes ago. People are reportedly celebrating in the streets of Harare and Bulawayo.







As we pointed out last week after the coup, Zimbabwe without Mugabe is certainly a symbolic victory for those trying to move Zimbabwe forward but on a practical level an Emmerson Mnangagwa presidency—an outcome that is almost certain at this point—is not a lot different.
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Zanu PF Officially Notifies Mugabe he is Getting Recalled

The president's impeachment is set to begin today (Tuesday).

President Robert Mugabe was given until Monday noon to step down, a deadline which he missed. This was after he refused to resign during a national address on Sunday.

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