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dateline: 22 November 2017

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Zimbabwe President Resigns After 37 Years

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • resign: to give up a job
  • impeachment: a charge of misconduct against a leader
  • decade: a ten-year span
  • successor: the person who takes over a position
  • house arrest: the imprisonment of a person at his/her own home instead of in prison

Zimbabwe President Resigns After 37 Years

The 93-year-old president of Zimbabwe resigned this week while facing impeachment an army takeover. Robert Mugabe’s presidency began almost four decades ago in 1980 when Zimbabwe first gained from . On November 6 of this year, Mugabe fired his vice-president, a long-term ally. Many in his own party believe he did this to prepare his 52-year-old wife Grace as his successor. In the two weeks, Mugabe’s allies and party turned against him for this decision and put him under house arrest. Zimbabweans celebrated in the streets after hearing of the resignation. Former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to take over the presidency.

Comprehension Questions

  1. When did Robert Mugabe’s presidency begin?
  2. How did Zimbabweans react to the elderly president’s resignation?
  3. Who will likely take over the role as president of Zimbabwe?

Discussion Questions

Mugabe was the world’s oldest head of state. What is an ideal age for a leader of a nation?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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