The galling cheek! To use the word, resigns.
I believe the proper term for one who has ruthlessly held onto power by threats and intimidation, who has had absolute authority over his country, should be step down or abdicate. It more correctly describes a lofty throne of power being abandoned.
To resign would be to hand back some position of responsibility that was conferred upon you by your peers. The news outlets use a democratic term for a despotic dictatorship. So typical.
Murderous tyrants, pitiless psychopath dictators that haven't been put down like rabid dogs, must step down, like old fools.
Now go read what Babalu said before you mambo out the door this morning.
Update: Oh this is rich. Now he retires. Like your dear old grandpa. Gah! Reuters, hire an editor, will ya?