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Thousands call for Zimbabwe's Mugabe to resign






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Zimbabwe is changing. Thousands of people are in the streets. They want President Robert Mugabe to resign. The army removed him from power on Wednesday. People said Mr Mugabe wanted his wife, Grace Mugabe, to be the next president. Mugabe fired his deputy, so the army took control of the capital city. The army wanted to remove the "criminals" around Mr Mugabe. Members of Mr Mugabe's ruling party asked Mr Mugabe to step down. Veterans of Zimbabwe's war for independence said Mr Mugabe should quit. They were among Mugabe's most loyal supporters.

Robert Mugabe is 93 years old. He is the oldest leader of any country in the world. He became the leader of Zimbabwe in 1980. He has been in power for 37 years. Mr Mugabe fought in Zimbabwe's war for independence against British rule. Zimbabwe used to be called Rhodesia. In 1980 there were elections. Robert Mugabe and the Zanu party won the elections. Many people are now happy his time as leader is coming to an end. One 34-year-old street protestor said: "I've been waiting all my life for this day. Free at last. We are free at last."

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