After 37 years at the helm of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe’s power crumbled within days of a military takeover. He had clung onto power, but as parliament began impeachment proceedings, he resigned.
In Zimbabwe, the words Independence Day had a special ring this Wednesday as the people of the southern African country marked 38 years of freedom from Britain, this time without former president Robert Mugabe.
He has finally stepped down. The era of Robert Mugabe has ended. His successor Mnangagwa must harness the momentum to build political bridges — otherwise the turning tide could take him with it, says Claus Stäcker.
Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is taking power from Robert Mugabe — an apparent denouement in their intriguing shared political history. The two have certainly had their ups and downs over the years.
Deaths were reported in Zimbabwe after soldiers opened fire at protesters in the capital. President Emmerson Mnangagwa urged "peace" as his rivals blamed the government of tampering with election results.
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