Zim Crisis: Fired VP Congratulates Country, Plans Take Over

Harare - A Zimbabwe ruling party official says that recently fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa will take over as the country’s leader within 48 hours after President Robert Mugabe resigned.

Ruling party chief whip Lovemore Matuke says Mnangagwa, who fled the country after his firing, “is not far from here”.

The official spoke to the media immediately after the Parliament speaker announced Mugabe’s immediate resignation during impeachment proceedings.

Matuke says they look forward to Mugabe doing the handover of power “so that Mnangagwa moves with speed to work for the country”.
Emerson Mnangagwa 

Meanwhile, Mnangagwa has hailed Zimbabweans for their historic moment after pushing President Robert Mugabe to resign in a dramatic and unceremonious way ending a tumultuous 37 years of (mis)rule

Mugabe under pressure from the citizens, legislators and the military threw in the towel in Harare today.

Mnangagwa told NewsDay this evening: “I want to congratulate the people of Zimbabwe on reaching this historic moment. Together, we will ensure a peaceful transition to the consolidation of our democracy, and bring in a fresh start for all Zimbabweans and foster peace and unity.”

He added: “As I make my way back home, I look forward together with you the people of Zimbabwe to tackle the political and economic challenges facing our beloved country Zimbabwe. God bless Zimbabwe.”

The former Vice-President will be sworn in tomorrow. - Online Sources

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