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Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday, six days after the military took over the country and placed veteran leader under house arrest, according the speaker of parliament.

As MPs initiated impeachment proceedings against the president, Jacob Mudenda, the speaker, said he had received a letter of resignation from Mr Mugabe. The resignation marks the end of Mr Mugabe’s 37-year rule over the southern African nation.

“I, Robert Mugabe, hereby tender my resignation as president of Zimbabwe with immediate effect,” the 93 year-old said in the letter, according to a person familiar with its contents.

People took to the streets of Harare, the country’s capital, cheering and blaring car horns within minutes of the announcement in parliament.

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