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dateline: 22 November 2017

Zimbabwe President Resigns After 37 Years

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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.

5 Comments on Zimbabwe President Resigns After 37 Years

  1. charn pimsarn says:

    Hi, Tara
    Thank you for sharing the good article.
    Really, I think the old age is not obstacle for doing job and task, but the regime rule is too hard for old man to administrate the country’s affairs.The change is maybe better.

    Best regards and have a good day.
    Charn from Thailand

  2. Ân says:

    Hi Tara
    This is the first time, i read. I think the age for leader of a nation isn’t importan. Because we should see What he did and will do for nation. It good job or bad!

  3. Amira says:

    I think age of President is not as important as their eligibility for presidency.

  4. Hugh Nguyen says:

    Dear Tata,

    Thank you for giving us an interesting short audio about the politic of Zimbabwe. In my point of view age is not an important matter, the point is how well he does for the country and what he contributes for the nation. But Obviously in this case he was so bad that people make the celebration for his resignation. Surely, he should have been fired many years ago.

  5. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this week’s news report.

    Second, I’m surprised how the 93-years-old president of Zimbabwe could act as the president because I saw him on TV that He was so old. Thus, it was better that he resigned many years ago.

    Third, I believe that each politician should leave his position ( or his post) when people of his country like him, not when he has to resign.

    Best wishes and have a nice weekend,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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