Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe Tuesday, parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda told lawmakers, ending a 37-year rule defined by brutality and economic collapse.

Following a week long political stand-off, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has  resigned after nearly four decades in power and fears of an attempted coup, which was denied by the military, against his government.

Zimbabwe’s army seized the headquarters of the state broadcaster ZBC in the capital Harare and blocked off access to government offices early on Wednesday last week.

An army spokesperson confirmed the safety of the country’s 93-year-old leader – the world’s oldest head of state. However, Mugabe defied numerous calls to step down as he was allegedly delaying his exit to secure his family’s safety.

“I Robert Gabriel Mugabe in terms of section 96 of the constitution of Zimbabwe hereby formally tender my resignation with immediate effect,” said speaker Mudenda, reading the letter.