The Prime Minister promised that Britain would help as ‘Zimbabwe’s oldest friend’ as the country emerges from 37-years of brutal dictatorship.
His resignation tonight brings to an end days of a tense standoff after the military seized control but allowed Mr. Mugabe to shape his departure.
He failed to quit in a rambling speech on Sunday night and tried to hold a Cabinet meeting this morning but bowed to the inevitable after impeachment proceedings were launched.
British diplomats will hope to help shape the future of Zimbabwe amid fears Mr. Mugabe’s ZanuPF party will resume control and continue similar policies.
But as Zimbabweans pour onto the streets to celebrate, Mrs. May struck a positive note.
She said: ‘The resignation of Robert Mugabe provides Zimbabwe with an opportunity to forge a new path free of the oppression that characterised his rule.
‘In recent days we have seen the desire of the Zimbabwean people for free and fair elections and the opportunity to rebuild the country’s economy under a legitimate government.
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