BREAKING: Robert Mugabe Resigns As Zimbabwe's President

Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas attends a rally outside of the Supreme Court

Then, on Sunday, the ruling Zanu-PF party formally expelled Mugabe, his wife Grace, and many of their closest allies. But we are not alone, ... we are in a global community, so we really have to renegotiate our relationships with other countries.

As Mugabe's political momentum faded, critics accused him of using brutality and bribery to maintain his power. Tears would not have been shed in either case.

Now that Mugabe has resigned the hope is that the military will allow a genuinely democratic transition to take place.

Students in Harare holding a portrait of former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa as they take part in a demonstration demanding the withdrawal of Grace Mugabe's doctorate.

While jubilation was in the air in the capital, Zimbabwe's military commander warned citizens not to target old adversaries following the historic resignation. And what Zimbabweans and the world should consider is that he may be a harder task master than Mugabe.

"My decision to resign is voluntary on my party and arises from my concern for the welfare of people in Zimbabwe and my desires to see a smooth, peaceful and non-violent transfer of power". A mass demonstration followed on Saturday, Nov. 18, with thousands of people filling the streets to demand his ouster.

People danced in the streets of Harare and car horns blared at the news that the era of Mugabe - who had led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 - was finally over.

When it was Mugabe who was manipulating democratic processes the liberals were up in arms.

It's no longer Mugabe's Zanu-PF but Mnangagwa's. He fled shortly after his firing, claiming threats to his life.

He played a central role in the 2008 election violence, and in a vicious campaign of pacification in the 1980s, when North Korean-trained Zimbabwean troops murdered more than 20,000 civilians in Matabeleland. "The ZANU-PF family will assist him, the family of Zimbabwe will assist him", she said.

He referred to "former president Robert Mugabe" and said: "The people have spoken". There was no Nyerere to depose Mugabe, and so Zimbabwe "liberation" was delayed nearly four decades and counting.

Mugabe earned international recognition for education and health initiatives, and the nation steadily grew its exports of manufactured and agricultural products. Before we left, we went into a gas station that had a coffee shop with a television showing Mugabe giving a speech. "He was one of those people", Ngoma said.

What about the new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa? They therefore have vested interests in the survival of the party. It's a "smart coup" in the sense that the military combined the frustrations of a restive population, internal party structures and international sympathy to remove a sitting president.

Longtime deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, fired by Mugabe earlier this month, is set to be sworn in Friday after making a triumphant return to the country. He was removed from office.

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