AU monitoring developments in Zimbabwe

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union on Wednesday called for a democratic transition in Zimbabwe in accordance with its Charter on democracy and good governance.

The AU also announced that South African President Jacob Zuma has initiated steps to respond to the political developments in Harare.

AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said the continental body was treating the political developments in Harare as an internal party disharmony and not a full-fledged coup.

The Zimbabwean military has formally seized political power in the country after weeks of internal political bickering within the ruling ZANU-PF party.

Latest events in the Southern Africa nation heightened after President Robert Mugabe  replaced Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa and sacked senior government officials including ministers.

The AU said President Zuma has already issued a statement on the situation in Zimbabwe and a delegation was already in the country to explore solutions to the political crisis there.

“We know there is a problem within the ruling party to find a successor to Robert Mugabe. We hope there would be no bloodshed,” Mahamat told reporters in Washington.

He said the AU is working with the Southern Africa Development Community  (SADC) under the complimentary principle to resolve the crisis.

"Even so the African Union understands this is not a coup. The organisation does not accept unconstitutional change of government," Mahamat said.

“The Chairperson of the Commission stresses that it is crucial that the crisis is resolved in a manner that promotes democracy and human rights, as well as the socioeconomic development of Zimbabwe,” the AU said in a statement.

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15 november 2017 19:53:09

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