This Tuesday, Robert Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe since its independence in 1980, resigned as president shortly after lawmakers began impeachment proceedings against him. He said in his resignation letter that he was stepping down for “the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and the need for a peaceful transfer of power.”
Mr. Mugabe, a controversial figure in Zimbabwe, ruled for nearly four decades through a heavy mix of repression of his opponents and rewards for his allies. On learning the news, crowds of people erupted into cheers, and poured into the streets of Harare to celebrate the stepdown of the 93-year-old dictator. It is widely expected that Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice president whom Mr. Mugabe abruptly fired last week would lead the country until the next national election.