[LIVE BLOG] New dawn for Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe resigns

Robert Mugabe has resigned as president of Zimbabwe after 37 years in power.

These were the words ended it all: "I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of Section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation."

This is what what know at the moment about who will lead Zimbabwe:

1) The speaker of parliament says they're working on legal issues to make sure a new leader is in place by the end of Wednesday.

2) Zanu-PF chief whip Lovemore Matuke says Emmerson Mnangagwa "will be in office within 48 hours" and serve the rest of Mugabe's term until the 2018 elections.

3) Zanu-PF legal secretary Patrick Chinamasa will be sworn in as leader by Thursday.

Army chief General Constantino Chiwenga has urged for restraint across all parties.

The US further adds that whatever process the Zimbabwean authorities must include "free, fair and inclusive elections".

The US says it urges "unwavering respect for the rule of law and for established democratic practices".

America says it congratulates all Zimbabweans "who raised their voices and stated peacefully and clearly that the time for change was overdue."

This is how prominent politicians and Zanu-PF have reacted to the news of Mugabe's resignation

The question is: Who is in charge of Zimbabwe?

Mugabe made no mention of who will lead the country once he steps down. The speaker of parliament says they will work on legal issues before announcing a new leader.

A former security chief known as The Crocodile, Mnangagwa was a key lieutenant to Mugabe for decades and stands accused of participating in repression against Zimbabweans who challenged the leader.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, whose whereabouts are unknown after fleeing the country in fear for his safety, is expected to take over as president. He was ousted as vice presidents of the country earlier this month.

Mugabe is the only leader Zimbabwe has known since a guerrilla struggle ended white-minority rule in the former Rhodesia.

There are wild scenes of celebration in Harare where people are dancing on taxis, spinning tyres, dancing in the street and chanting.

Wild celebrations broke out at a joint sitting of parliament when Speaker Jacob Mudenda announced Mugabe's resignation and suspended the impeachment procedure.

Zimbabwean citizens in Johannesburg and Pretoria have spilled out onto the streets to celebrate news of Mugabe's resignation.

Earlier today MPs gathered in parliament to start an impeachment after Mugabe failed to resign by 12pm yesterday.

The 93-year-old says he is stepping down voluntarily.

After 37 years in power Mugabe has tendered his resignation a week after the military effectively seized control.

If you haven't heard, Robert Mugabe is no longer the president of Zimbabwe.