In November 2017, Zimbabwe’s military leaders seized control of southern African nation, placed former President Robert Mugabe under house arrest and deployed armored vehicles to the streets of the capital, Harare.
The international scene could not understand the situation in Zimbabwe, the world didn’t know what exactly was going on there; if it was a coup plot to oust the then president Robert Mugabe or not.
The former president of South Africa, Jacob Zumba said Mugabe was unable to leave his home, and that troops were reportedly stationed at Zimbabwe’s Parliament and the presidential palace.
In a televised statement early Wednesday, on ZBC (State TV) an army spokesman denied a military takeover was underway.
But the situation bore all the hallmarks of a coup: the military was in control of ZBC, a significant army presence was at the city’s international airport, and Mugabe has not been seen in public.
Robert Mugabe Resigns
On November 21, Mugabe resigned, bringing an end to 37 years of rule and sparking jubilant celebrations in the nation’s streets.
A letter from Mr Mugabe read out by the speaker of parliament said the decision was voluntary and he had made it to allow a smooth transfer of power.
The news abruptly halted an impeachment hearing that had begun against him.
Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as president
Emmerson Mnangagwa, former Vice President of Zimbabwe was inaugurated as Zimbabwe’s new leader, on November 24.
Tens of thousands of people gathered at Zimbabwe’s National Sports Stadium, to see Mnangagwa swear his oath and become the second president in Zimbabwe’s 37-year existence as an independent nation.
In his inaugural speech, Mnangagwa: praised Mugabe, declaring him “the only surviving, founding fathers of our nation.”