>> Zimbabwe's next president has returned from exile. The man known as The Crocodile arrived back in Harare on Wednesday, where he spoke to jubilant supporters.>> The people have spoken. You yourself said, if the people say I must step down, you shall comply. This is the time to comply.
>> Parliament speaker has confirmed former Vice President, Emerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as the African nation's new leader on Friday. He had fled for safety two weeks ago when then President Robert Mugabe fired him. His ousting sparking the military takeover that forced Mugabe to stand aside.
After ruling Zimbabwe for 37 years, he resigned on Tuesday. Standing down hours after his foes and former party allies united against him in impeachment proceedings. And one week since military action that put him under house arrest.
The news was greeted by celebration. People danced and sang in the streets well into the night. There's hope Mnangagwa can halt Zimbabwe's economic decline. Deliver clean elections next year, and woo back bilateral support from western states. But many in Zimbabwe are hostile towards a man, who like Mugabe, stands accused to participation in repression.
He was the head of state security during a 1980s crackdown that killed 20,000 people. Mnangagwa issued a statement from hiding on Tuesday calling on Zimbabweans to unite to rebuild the country. Now the Mugabe era is over, there's hope that might really happen.