>> Scenes of jubilation in Zimbabwe as 37 years of rule by a single man ends. President Robert Mugabe resigned just hours after his foes and former party allies united against him in formal impeachment proceedings.>> This is MacDonald Dzirutwe for Reuters in Harare. Here I'm within earshot of parliament in Zimbabwe where the parliament was just sitting.
Behind me, as you can see, it's a rally. Good natured, people are happy. Players, political parties, and civic leaders are all speaking in support of the military action that saw President Robert Mugabe being confined to his house.>> It's been one week since the military action that put Mugabe under house arrest.
The impeachment process giving an air of legality to what would otherwise have been an outright coup. But until now, there has been little indication he'd step down voluntarily, even as he was being pressured from all sides.
Hours before his resignation, he tried calling a routine cabinet meeting as if it was still business as usual. But only six out of twenty-three attended, the rest sat in on the impeachment proceedings instead. Reuters reported moves were being made behind the scenes against Mugabe as early as September, but the powder keg exploded when he fired his Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in favor of his wife, Grace Mugabe.
That triggered the military intervention. Those generals are now seen as heroes by Mugabe's foes. Mnangagwa has been appointed to replace Mugabe as party leader, but he's currently out of country. He said he'll return when his safety is assured.