Raila Odinga welcomes Zimbabwe’s bloodless coup

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NASA leader Raila Odinga has hailed the bloodless coup in Zimbabwe that has seen Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe step down.

“You have succeeded in peacefully overthrowing tyranny and dictatorship and created for yourselves the promise of a prosperous future that only democracy can provide,” Raila said.

In a statement released Wednesday, November 22 by his political adviser Salim Lone Raila said Mugabe’s resignation marked the end of a despotic rule that spanned over three decades.

“I encourage to move swiftly towards consolidating your gains towards democracy, which alone will prevent the return of the old order,” he retorted. 

Wild jubilation broke out among MPs when Speaker Jacob Mudenda told the House and suspended the process that had begun to impeach the president.

“I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation… with immediate effect,” said Mudenda, reading the letter.

Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday, a week after the army and his former political allies moved to end four decades of rule.

Mr Mnangagwa, a former security chief known as “The Crocodile”, is expected to take over as president, with one ZANU-PF official suggesting that will happen within 48 hours – although the speaker did not say who would be in charge until that point.

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