Zimbabwean President Mugabe Misses Deadline to Resign; Faces Impeachment

By Vaughn Hoisington | ZIMBABWE

Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule in Zimbabwe was supposed to come to an end on Sunday, but he refrained from mentioning a resignation during a national address and still hasn’t formally stepped down. Some Zimbabweans were so surprised that they believed Mugabe could have read the wrong speech.

The situation became clearer when the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party expressed great interest in impeaching Mugabe within the week. Mugabe had been the leader of the ZANU-PF until he was stripped of his position on Sunday.

Mugabe is also under fire for releasing his Vice President from his position in an attempt to set up his wife as his Presidential successor.

Many protests are expected to be held until Mugabe is impeached, some of which are expected to be led by war veterans and opposition leaders. One protest at Zimbabwe University has taken place. It involved students refusing to sit down for their exams until Mugabe steps down.

Mugabe’s former Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was elected as the new head of the ZANU-PF party and is expected to be the successor to Mugabe.

The impeachment process will begin “when Parliament resumes on Tuesday.”


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