Zimbabwe’s President questions US democratic credentials after riots
Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has questioned the democratic credentials of the US following the violent protests which killed at least four people.
The riots occurred after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol Building which is the seat of the legislature.
They were acting on the advice of Mr Trump to scuttle a process to confirm the election of President-elect Joe Biden.
Four people died in the attack with several others sustaining injuries.
President Mnangagwa tweeted that the US “has no moral right to punish other nations under the guise of democracy”.
He said that the US has subjected Zimbabwe to “painful” economic sanctions.
“I’d like to again congratulate President-elect Joe Biden, on his confirmation as the 46th President of the United States.
“Zimbabwe is, as it always has been, ready to work together as friends and partners with the US for the benefit of both our peoples,” Mr Mnangagwa said.
I’d like to again congratulate President-elect @JoeBiden on his confirmation as the 46th President of the United States.
Zimbabwe is, as it always has been, ready to work together as friends and partners with the U.S for the benefit of both our peoples.
— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) January 7, 2021
The US and the European Union continue to maintain sanctions on key Zimbabwean officials including Mr. Mnangagwa.
Zimbabwe is said to lack democratic and human rights reforms as well as restrictions on press freedoms.
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