Friday 3 July, 2020

US says Mugabe's resignation 'historic moment'

Zimbabweans celebrate outside the parliament building immediately after hearing the news that President Robert Mugabe had resigned, in downtown Harare, Zimbabwe Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.

Zimbabweans celebrate outside the parliament building immediately after hearing the news that President Robert Mugabe had resigned, in downtown Harare, Zimbabwe Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.

The U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe says the resignation of President Robert Mugabe "marks an historic moment" for the country and congratulates all Zimbabweans who raised their voices.

The new statement says that "whatever short-term arrangements the government may establish, the path forward must lead to free, fair and inclusive elections."

The United States also urges "unwavering respect for the rule of law."

The U.S. in 2003 imposed targeted sanctions, a travel ban and an asset freeze against Mugabe and close associates, citing his government's rights abuses and evidence of electoral fraud.

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