Zimbabweans are waiting to discover when their new leader would be appointed after President Robert Mugabe’s resignation brought a sudden end to a 37-year reign of authoritarian rule.
Mugabe’s tenure ended in an announcement at a special joint session of parliament where mps had convened to impeach the 93-year-old who dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life for decades.
On the streets, the news that his long and often brutal leadership was over sparked wild celebrations. Car horns honked and large crowds erupted into ecstatic cheers and dancing.
The likely next President is Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe sacked as his deputy earlier this month in a move that pushed infuriated army chiefs to seize power and force Mugabe’s exit.
Mnangagwa was once a key Mugabe ally, but he was also Chief Rival of the President’s wife grace in a bitter succession battle that erupted publicly in recent months.