Zimbabwe set to move quickly to replace Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe Has Resigned

"Given the events that followed my dismissal I can not trust my life in President Mugabe's hands".

Mugabe had faced growing pressure to resign since last week, when the military took over state institutions and the ruling ZANU-PF party called on him to step aside.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has stepped down, according to the speaker of the country's parliament.

Mugabe had been expected to announce his resignation in a televised speech last night, but instead told viewers he would continue to preside over his party at a congress next month.

The announcement came minutes into a joint session of the Zimbabwean Parliament in Harare, convened to prise the 93-year-old from power, CNN reported.

Mnangagwa fled Zimbabwe shortly after being sacked by Mugabe early in November. But he said Mr Mnangagwa was "not far from here" and would move with speed "to work for the country".

A former security chief known as The Crocodile, he was a key lieutenant to Mugabe for decades and stands accused of participating in repression against Zimbabweans who challenged the leader.

Mugabe's resignation late on Tuesday triggered wide scale celebration and dancing in the streets of Harare.

Earlier, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai told a crowd outside Parliament that a "democratic Zimbabwe can not be built by another un-democratic process".

During his reign, he took the once-rich country to economic ruin and kept his grip on power through repression of opponents, although he styled himself as the Grand Man of African politics and kept the admiration of many people across Africa.

His sacking of Mr Mnangagwa was seen as a manoeuvre to clear the way for his 52-year-old wife, known as "Gucci Grace" because of her perceived lavish spending on consumer goods, to succeed him.

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