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Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule appeared at an end Sunday after a source confirmed he had agreed to resign and was preparing to address the nation.

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe delivers a speech during a graduation ceremony at the Zimbabwe Open University in Harare, where he presides as the Chancellor on November 17 2017. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe attended a university graduation ceremony today, making a defiant first public appearance since the military takeover that appeared to signal the end of his 37-year reign. / AFP PHOTO / –

Mugabe’s grip on power was broken last week when the military took over, angered at his wife Grace’s emergence as the leading candidate to succeed the 93-year-old president.

“Yes he has agreed to resign,” a source close to the presidency told AFP after Mugabe’s expected television address to the nation was delayed.

At a ruling ZANU-PF party meeting earlier in the day, delegates cheered wildly as a party official announced that Mugabe had been ousted as party chief.

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He was replaced by former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been Grace Mugabe’s chief