Zimbabwe former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as the new president on Friday

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Zimbabwe former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe former Vice President whose sack led to the shock resignation of long time leader Robert Mugabe will be sworn in as the new president on Friday, the state broadcaster says.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe former Vice President who fled to South Africa two weeks ago, would fly home on Wednesday it added.

His dismissal led the ruling party and the military to intervene and force an end to Mugabe’s 37 year rule.

Zimbabwe former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo

The news sparked wild celebration across the country late into the night.

The announcement that the 93 year old was stepping down came in the form of letter read out in parliament abruptly halting impeachment proceedings against him.

In it Mugabe said he was resigning to allow a smooth and peaceful transfer of power and that his decision was voluntary.

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