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A man holds up the national flag of Zimbabwe as Zimbabwean soldiers are celebrated by citizens in the streets in Harare, on November 21, 2017 after the resignation of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe. —AFP

In pictures: Joy unleashed on Harare streets as Mugabe resigns

Car horns blared and cheering crowds waving the national flag thronged the streets of Zimbabwe's capital.
Updated Nov 22, 2017 05:25pm

After a week of political turmoil, Zimbabweans reacted with shock, disbelief and delight at news that President Robert Mugabe had resigned after 37 years in power.

The announcement of Mugabe's resignation had come after days of mounting pressure on the 93-year-old leader, whose long and authoritarian rule made many citizens fearful of him.

On Tuesday, after the news broke, car horns blared and cheering crowds, waving the national flag, thronged the streets of Zimbabwe's capital Harare.

“We are just so happy that things are finally going to change,” Togo Ndhlalambi, 32, a hairdresser, told AFP.

“We woke up every morning waiting for this day. This country has been through tough times.”

A man reads the editorial pages in a local newspaper in Harare on November 22, 2017, the day after the resignation of President Robert Mugabe who ruled for 37 years. —AFP
A man reads the editorial pages in a local newspaper in Harare on November 22, 2017, the day after the resignation of President Robert Mugabe who ruled for 37 years. —AFP

“We need leaders who are selected by the people and not rulers. I am looking forward to get a job after our economy recovers.” —AFP
“We need leaders who are selected by the people and not rulers. I am looking forward to get a job after our economy recovers.” —AFP

A man wearing the national flag celebrates in the streets after the resignation of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe. —AFP
A man wearing the national flag celebrates in the streets after the resignation of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe. —AFP

Zimbabweans drink, sing, and dance on top of passing vehicles as they celebrate at night at an intersection in downtown Harare, Zimbabwe. —AP
Zimbabweans drink, sing, and dance on top of passing vehicles as they celebrate at night at an intersection in downtown Harare, Zimbabwe. —AP

A Zimbabwean national burns a shirt of Zimbabwe's ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF), as hundreds of Zimbabweans living in South Africa celebrate the resignation of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe in the streets of the district of Hillbrow in Johannesburg. —AFP
A Zimbabwean national burns a shirt of Zimbabwe's ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF), as hundreds of Zimbabweans living in South Africa celebrate the resignation of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe in the streets of the district of Hillbrow in Johannesburg. —AFP

Zimbabwean soldiers are congratulated by citizens in the streets in Harare, on November 21, 2017 after the resignation of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe. —AFP
Zimbabwean soldiers are congratulated by citizens in the streets in Harare, on November 21, 2017 after the resignation of Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe. —AFP

Zimbabwean nationals burn a shirt of Zimbabwe's ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF). —AFP
Zimbabwean nationals burn a shirt of Zimbabwe's ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF). —AFP

People celebrate in the streets of Harare, after Mugabe's resignation. —AFP
People celebrate in the streets of Harare, after Mugabe's resignation. —AFP

People celebrate in the streets of Harare, after Mugabe's resignation. “It's shocking, that guy (was) powerful, very powerful,” said Barber Wright Chirombe, one of those who joined the euphoric street celebrations. —AFP
People celebrate in the streets of Harare, after Mugabe's resignation. “It's shocking, that guy (was) powerful, very powerful,” said Barber Wright Chirombe, one of those who joined the euphoric street celebrations. —AFP