Robert Mugabe has resigned as Zimbabwe’s president, shortly after Parliament began an impeachment process to end his nearly four decades of rule.

Wild celebrations broke out at a joint sitting of Parliament when Speaker Jacob Mudenda announced Mr Mugabe’s resignation and suspended the impeachment procedure.

“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,” said Mr Mugabe in the letter read out in Parliament.

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