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.
Protesters gather at a demonstration for Mugabe's ouster at Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare on Nov. 18, 2017.
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.
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.
Zimbabweans shout as they gather at Unity Square opposite the parliament to protest on Nov. 21, in Harare.
People gather to pray for the country in a park opposite the parliament building in downtown Harare on Nov. 21.
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.
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.
A woman dances while celebrating in Harare on Nov. 21.
Zimbabweans celebrate outside the parliament building immediately after hearing the news in Harare on Nov. 21.
Protesters calling for Mugabe's resignation attend a prayer meeting outside parliament in Harare on Nov. 21.
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.