The speaker of parliament in Zimbabwe on Tuesday confirmed that Robert Mugabe had resigned as president of that country amid impeachment proceedings against him in Parliament in Harare.
In displays similar to the fall with Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu back in 1989, males, ladies and youngsters jogged next to armored vehicles and members of the military which moved with this week to get rid of the only real leader Zimbabwe has identified with, ever since the independence of 1980.
Ahead of parliament's sitting, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was sacked as Mugabe's deputy and now looks set to replace him, made his first comments since the takeover.
Mugabe has called a cabinet meeting at his State House offices in Harare on Tuesday morning.
"Mugabe is hereby recalled from the position of president and first secretary of Zanu-PF".
It was not clear who would take over from Mugabe.
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Mnangagwa also urged Mugabe to heed "the voice of the people", which had expressed the population's "lack of trust and confidence in the leadership of President Mugabe".
Speaking from a secret location in South Africa, his nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, told Reuters Mugabe and his wife were "ready to die for what is correct" rather than step down in order to legitimize what he described as a coup.
The former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has joined those calling for Mugabe to stand down, in his first comments since the President fired him on November 6, triggering the political firestorm.
The party he co-founded to usher the country into independence ousted him, the military that he commanded placed him under house arrest and his most powerful allies abandoned him.
The United States, a long-time Mugabe critic, said it was looking forward to a "new era" in Zimbabwe, while President Ian Khama of neighboring Botswana said Mugabe had no diplomatic support in the region and should resign at once.
The military and Mugabe have been negotiating for nearly a week and the ruling ZANU-PF has dismissed Mugabe from the party.
The economy collapsed after the seizure of white-owned farms in 2000.