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Zimbabwe rejoices as Mugabe steps down

Robert Mugabe, the world's oldest ruler, resigned as Zimbabwe's president on Tuesday, after last week's military coup.

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Protesters gather at a demonstration for Mugabe's ouster at Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare on Nov. 18, 2017.

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Mugabe stunned Zimbabweans in a rambling live television address late Sunday night in which he surprised even his closest advisers by avoiding any mention of stepping down.

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Members of the International Apostolic Ejuwel Jekenisheni Church dance, sing, pray, and play drums during a morning service at the open-air church on the outskirts of Harare on  Nov. 19. A day after huge crowds rallied peacefully in the capital, Zimbabweans around the country attended Sunday church services praying for peace and the future of their country. 

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Zimbabweans shout as they gather at Unity Square opposite the parliament to protest on Nov. 21, in Harare.

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People gather to pray for the country in a park opposite the parliament building in downtown Harare on  Nov. 21.

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Lawmakers erupt in cheers at the news of Mugabe's resignation on Nov. 21 in Harare.

The 93-year-old despot wrote a letter saying he was quitting "with immediate effect,” said Jacob Mudenda, speaker of the country’s Parliament.

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After hearing the news, a man removes Mugabe's portrait from the wall at the International Conference Centre where parliament met in Harare on Nov. 21. 

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A woman dances while celebrating in Harare on Nov. 21.

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Zimbabweans celebrate outside the parliament building immediately after hearing the news in Harare on Nov. 21.

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Protesters calling for Mugabe's resignation attend a prayer meeting outside parliament in Harare on Nov. 21.

Mike Hutchings / Reuters
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Zimbabweans celebrate in neighboring Hillbrow, Johannesburg,  on Nov. 21. Zimbabwe's economy shrank by more than a third from 2000 to 2008, sending unemployment above 80 percent. Several million Zimbabweans fled, mostly to South Africa.

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