Britain says Mugabe exit forges ‘new path’

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May says the resignation of President Robert Mugabe gives Zimbabwe “an opportunity to forge a new path free of the oppression that characterized his rule.”

The British leader says the Zimbabwean people have shown they want “free and fair elections and the opportunity to rebuild the country’s economy under a legitimate government.”

May says Britain — the former colonial power — is “Zimbabwe’s oldest friend” and will “help the country achieve the brighter future it so deserves.”

Mugabe resigned Tuesday, after 37 years in power, as Zimbabwe’s parliament was preparing to impeach him.

— Jill Lawless in London.