It was an end of an era after former President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe tendered his resignation letter on Tuesday. 

In order not to create a vacuum in power, former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president on Thursday.

Local media and Zimbabwean sources said Mnangagwa would be sworn-in to replace Mr. Mugabe who resigned Tuesday afternoon after 37-years in office.

The 75-year-old was removed from office and exiled 13 days after Mugabe accused him of disloyalty and insubordination.

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Mugabe had reportedly taken the decision to pave way for his wife, Grace, to emerge as the new leader of ruling Zanu-PF ahead of the country’s general election next year.

Mnangagwa is said to be popular amongst the powerful War Veterans group and the Zimbabwean military chiefs.

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