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Deadline for Mugabe resignation passes after report he will step

Longtime Zimbabwe strongman Robert Mugabe has reportedly agreed to step down after nearly four decades in power, though did not do so before the deadline imposed by military leaders.

The 93-year-old leader has been in negotiations with army leaders since last week, when his 37 years at the head of the south African nation appeared to end with a takeover of soldiers and tanks

He shocked the world by refusing to step down during a televised address on Sunday, though sources told CNN on Monday that the dictator had agreed to the terms of his resignation as a deadline for his departure rapidly approaches.

That deadline passed ast noon local time on Monday, with uncertainty surrounding what happens next but expectations that an impeachment process would start Tuesday.

Mugabe fails to announce resignation as President of Zimbabwe

Mugabe and his wife Grace will reportedly be allowed immunity from prosecution and can keep the private property they acquired as they enriched themselves while repressing their fellow countrymen, according to CNN.

An army armored personnel carrier drives slowly through the gathered crowd of thousands demanding Mugabe leave power.

An army armored personnel carrier drives slowly through the gathered crowd of thousands demanding Mugabe leave power.

(Ben Curtis/AP)

Grace Mugabe had been seen as a potential successor in the struggle to take over from her elderly husband.

The firing of his longtime deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa set off the coup, and he is believed to be the future head of government as the country moves into its post-Mugabe age after being appointed the head of the dominant political party on Sunday.

Military officials had originally spoken cautiously about its moves against Mugabe, saying that they had placed him under house arrest and were rounding up his allies only as part of an operation against criminals surrounding the president.

Mugabe appears for first time since military took over Zimbabwe

Mugabe, who helped lead his country to independence in 1980, also received cheers when he appeared in public at a university ceremony last Friday, though tens of thousands of protesters marched against him over the weekend.

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