Robert Mugabe has agreed on Sunday to resign as Zimbabwe’s president hours after the ruling ZANU-PF party removed him as its leader after 37 years in charge, a source familiar with the negotiations said.
ZANU-PF had given the 93-year-old less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to secure a peaceful end to his tenure after a de facto coup.
The source said the Zimbabwe military was working on a resignation statement by Mugabe, without giving details.
Zimbabwe’s state broadcaster ZBC said Mugabe would address the nation shortly. Earlier on Sunday, the official Herald newspaper showed pictures of him meeting top generals at his State House offices.
Mugabe, the only leader known since independence from Britain in 1980, was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month in a move that triggered the mid-week intervention by the army.
The announcement drew cheers from the 200 delegates packed into ZANU-PF’s Harare headquarters to seal the fate of Mugabe, whose support has crumbled in the four days since the army seized power.
Mugabe has been given until noon (1000 GMT) on Monday to resign or face impeachment,