Zimbabwe's former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, will be sworn in as the country's interim president on Friday.
Mnangagwa, 75, is scheduled to return to the capital Harare on Wednesday after a brief exile in South Africa.
Amid euphoric celebrations over longtime President Robert Mugabe's resignation Tuesday, many are questioning whether the strongman's successor — a longtime Mugabe ally — will actually bring about much-needed change.
"Never should the nation be held at ransom by one person ever again, whose desire is to die in office whatever the cost of the nation," Mnangagwa said in a statement Tuesday, hours before Mugabe's resignation announcement.
Mnangagwa's swearing-in will be the second time the nation will have a new president since its independence from British rule in 1980, when Mugabe took power as prime minister. Mugabe became president in 1987, after Zimbabwe's first post-independence president, Canaan Banana, relinquished the post to him.
The 93-year-old's resignation followed a roller-coaster week that saw Zimbabwe's military take over the government and hold him under house arrest. Mugabe's 37-year rule was marked by corruption and violent oppression of dissent.