Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has resigned, bringing an end to 37 years of rule and sparking jubilant celebrations in the nation’s streets.
A letter from Mr Mugabe read out by the speaker of parliament said the decision was voluntary and he had made it to allow a smooth transfer of power.
A number of international rugby stars from around the world, including Australia’s David Pocock, come from Zimbabwe, but due to the political unrest in other countries represent other nations.
And it’s fair to say, England and Exeter Chiefs Number eight Dave Ewers was thrilled by the news…
Special day for Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 Proud of the people of Zimbabwe that everything was done peacefully without violence or bloodshed. Time to rebuild this great Nation 🇿🇼❤️
— dave ewers (@dave_ewers) November 21, 2017
Mr Mugabe, 93, was until his resignation the world’s oldest leader. He had previously refused to quit despite last week’s military takeover and days of protests.
He presided over a deepening economic crisis in Zimbabwe, where people are on average 15% poorer now than they were in 1980.