By MICHAEL BARBARO

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Robert Mugabe has been the leader of Zimbabwe as extended as there has been a Zimbabwe. Getting when proclaimed that “only God will take away me,” he resigned as president on Tuesday right after practically four decades in power.

Will he be remembered as a tyrant, or as a hero?

On today’s episode:

Jeffrey Gettleman, who was The New York Times’s East Africa bureau chief for a lot more than a decade and wrote a book about his experiences there.

Background reading:

• After lawmakers began impeachment proceedings, Robert Mugabe stated he was stepping down “with quick effect” for “the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and the require for a peaceful transfer of energy.”

• Mr. Mugabe’s rule was largely stripped of power within a few days. The chain of events leading to his fall began with firing a vice president.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice president, is poised to turn into Zimbabwe’s new leader. Officials and observers of his rise to power say he shares some of Mr. Mugabe’s traits: He is power-hungry, corrupt and a master of repression.

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