Zimbabwe’s former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa was to return to the country Wednesday to take power after Robert Mugabe’s resignation brought a sudden end to 37 years of authoritarian rule.
Ahead of his arrival, state media said he would be sworn in as president at a ceremony on Friday.
Mugabe’s iron grip ended in a shock announcement to parliament where MPs had convened to impeach the 93-year-old who dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life for decades.
On the streets, the news that his long and often brutal leadership was over sparked wild celebrations which lasted late into the night, with crowds dancing and cheering ecstatically amid a cacophony of car horns.
“Comrade Mnangagwa is coming back today,” senior aide Larry Mavhima, told AFP, saying he was expected to brief the media after landing at a military airport outside Harare.
Mnangagwa, 75, was sacked by the president on November 6 in a move that pushed infuriated army chiefs to intervene, triggering a series of events which led to Mugabe’s ouster. Read more