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22 Nov 2017

Meet the Man Who Will Take Over From Robert Mugabe After He Resigned

The man to take over from ousted President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has been revealed.

A Zimbabwe ruling party official tells The Associated Press that recently fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa will take over as the country's leader within 48 hours after President Robert Mugabe resigned.

Ruling party chief whip Lovemore Matuke says Mnangagwa, who fled the country after his firing, "is not far from here."

The official spoke to the AP immediately after the Parliament speaker announced Mugabe's immediate resignation during impeachment proceedings.
Zimbabwe's fired vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa is seen at the Heroes Acre in Harare in this Wednesday, Nov., 1, 2017 photo. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Matuke says they look forward to Mugabe doing the handover of power "so that Mnangagwa moves with speed to work for the country."

Earlier, Zimbabwe's Parliament erupted in cheers as the speaker announced the resignation of the elderly statesman.

The speaker stopped impeachment proceedings to say they had received a letter from Mugabe with the resignation"with immediate effect."

It is an extraordinary end for the world's oldest head of state after 37 years in power.

-AP

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