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Zimbabwe Grants Mugabe Immunity

Robert Mugabe, former Zimbabwean president, 93, has reportedly been granted immunity from prosecution after his resignation as the leader of Zimbabwe, sources close to the negotiations said on Thursday.

Reuters reported that the nonagenarian was also assured of his safety in his home country, as part of a deal that led to his resignation on Tuesday.

The report quoted the government source as saying that Mugabe told negotiators that he wanted to die in Zimbabwe and that he had no intentions to live in exile.

“It was very emotional for him (Mugabe) and he was forceful about it…For him it was very important that he be guaranteed security to stay in the country… although that will not stop him from travelling abroad when he wants to do so,” the source was quoted as saying.

This came as Zimbabwe’s incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa was preparing to take power after the shock resignation Mugabe brought 37 years of authoritarian rule to an end.

Mnangagwa would be sworn in as president at an inauguration ceremony on Friday, according to officials.

Mugabe’s rapid downfall was triggered by a battle to succeed him that pitted Mnangagwa against Mugabe’s wife Grace.

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