Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, resigned as president today (Tuesday November 21st) shortly after lawmakers began impeachment proceedings against him, according to the speaker of Parliament. Robert Mugabe seems to be the Zimbabwe version of Richard Nixon resigning after impeachment began.
The party’s historical political rival, the Movement for Democratic Change, seconded the motion, a striking sign of the consensus in the political class that Mr. Mugabe must go, one that formed with astonishing speed after the military took Mr. Mugabe into custody last Wednesday, signaling an end to his 37-year rule. A 37 year rule? Yes! Mugabe stayed in power because the nation wasn’t strong enough to change leadership due to the crushing poverty of the country. Now a change in direction is may be a possibility since Mugabe is gone. How poor is Zimbabwe? In 2015 one trillion Zimbabwe dollars was equivalent to 40 cents in the United States. Zimbabwe became this poor from effects of colonialism, conflict, disease, and lack of infrastructure.
Mr. Mnangagwa Zimbabwe’s Vice President is most likely to become Zimbabwe’s leader. Mr. Mnangagwa is a military backed politician, he never fully enforced the previous Mugabe policies on the people but negotiated for the people when with Mr. Mugabe.
Robert Mugabe was born in 1924 in a town named Kutama, in southern Rhodesia, a British colony. He was a school teacher and holds seven degrees, including Law and English. He is accused of “clearing the way“ for his wife Grace to succeed.