People wave Zimbabwean flags in the streets of Harare after the resignation of President Robert Mugabe. (Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images)
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.
It is a date that has now entered the annals of history. Robert Gabriel Mugabe, Zimbabwe's president of 37 years, announced his resignation amid a military intervention and unprecedented street protests in the military's favor. He is 93 and was the oldest head of state in the world.
His ouster comes after years of economic ruin, political repression and erratic rule by the increasingly senile leader.
While the exact succession process to replace Mugabe is still unknown, Zimbabweans wasted no time in showing their excitement at the dawning of a new political era.
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Below are videos and photos from the very first hour after Mugabe stepped down.
People celebrate with Zimbabwe Defence Force soldiers in the streets of Harare, after the resignation of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe. (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) Zimbabweans celebrate at Unity Square near Parliament in Harare after Mugabe announced his resignation. (Mujahid Safodien/AFP via Getty Images)
Civilians and troops in Harare celebrate news of Mugabe's resignation. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images) People remove a portrait of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe from the wall at the International Conference centre, where parliament had their sitting. (Jekesai Njijizana/AFP/Getty Images)
People in Zimbabwe's second-biggest city, Bulawayo, took to the streets, too.
Even members of Mugabe's government got in on the celebrations.
Members of Parliament erupted in joy after Mugabe resigned. (Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images)
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