EU ready to assist Mnangagwa administration

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The European Union (EU) Council on Monday issued a statement relating to the political transition in Zimbabwe, expressing its readiness to help the country’s re-engagement with international financial institutions to aid economic recovery.
Former president, Robert Mugabe, was in November forced to step down after a 37-year reign that was marked by increasing political and economic instability.
He sacked his long-time ally and deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa who was seen as angling for the presidency, in early November, forcing him to flee into temporary exile.
The army, throwing its weight behind Mnangagwa, subsequently deployed armoured vehicles in the capital city, Harare, and held Mugabe in captivity till he signed his resignation amid mounting civilian pressure and parliamentary efforts to impeach him.
Mnangagwa returned to Zimbabwe and formed a new government after his party, the ruling Zanu PF, chose him as Mugabe’s successor.
Relations between successive Mugabe governments and the EU were frosty from the turn of the century over alleged human rights abuses, bad governance, electoral fraud and property rights abuses following a hurried land redistribution exercise that kicked out about 6,000 commercial white farmers.
In its statement, the EU was encouraged by Mnangagwa’s promise to hold free and fair elections, even though the opposition and civil society still believe that government must facilitate key electoral reforms.
Below are the EU council resolutions.

1. The ongoing political transition in Zimbabwe creates high expectations among all Zimbabweans. It can open the way to a full return to the Rule of Law, within a constitutional framework and under civilian rule, allowing for the preparation and implementation of much-needed political and economic reforms.
2. The EU reaffirms its availability to engage constructively with the new authorities including through a structured political dialogue, with political actors across the spectrum, and with civil society, on the basis of a mutual commitment to shared values focused on human rights, democratic principles and the Rule of Law. It will do so in coordination with African and international partners.
3.EU willing to assist Mnangagwa administration
Verita
The European Union (EU) Council on Monday issued a statement relating to the political transition in Zimbabwe, expressing its readiness to help the country’s re-engagement with international financial institutions to aid economic recovery.
Former president, Robert Mugabe, was in November forced to step down after a 37-year reign that was marked by increasing political and economic instability.
He sacked his long-time ally and deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa who was seen as angling for the presidency, in early November, forcing him to flee into temporary exile.
The army deployed tanks in the capital city, Harare, and held Mugabe in captivity till he signed his resignation amid mounting civilian pressure and parliamentary efforts to impeach him.
Mnangagwa returned to Zimbabwe and formed a new government after his party, Zanu PF, chose him as Mugabe’s successor.
Relations between successive Mugabe governments and the EU were frosty from the turn of the century over alleged human rights abuses, bad governance, electoral fraud and property rights abuses following a hurried land redistribution exercise that kicked out about 6,000 commercial white farmers.
In its statement, the EU was encouraged by Mnangagwa’s promise to hold free and fair elections, even though the opposition and civil society still believe that government must facilitate key electoral reforms.
Below are the EU council resolutions.

1. The ongoing political transition in Zimbabwe creates high expectations among all Zimbabweans. It can open the way to a full return to the Rule of Law, within a constitutional framework and under civilian rule, allowing for the preparation and implementation of much-needed political and economic reforms.
2. The EU reaffirms its availability to engage constructively with the new authorities including through a structured political dialogue, with political actors across the spectrum, and with civil society, on the basis of a mutual commitment to shared values focused on human rights, democratic principles and the Rule of Law. It will do so in coordination with African and international partners.
3. The upcoming electoral process will be an essential step. The EU welcomes the commitment of the authorities to hold elections in line with the constitution, and underlines the importance that the conditions are in place to allow those elections to be peaceful, inclusive, credible and transparent. The EU would consider favourably electoral observation, provided that the required conditions are fulfilled and that an invitation from the Government of Zimbabwe is received.
4. The EU welcomes the stated intention of the Zimbabwean authorities to deliver economic reforms in Zimbabwe, aiming at supporting job creation, growth and sustainable long-term development, and reaffirms its willingness to support the planning and implementation of much-needed structural changes and the promotion of good governance. In this context, the EU will support the authorities in establishing as soon as possible a constructive re-engagement with international financial institutions based on a clear and time-bound economic and political reform programme.
5. The EU stands ready to review the whole range of its policies towards Zimbabwe at any moment to take into account the progress achieved in the country.
The upcoming electoral process will be an essential step. The EU welcomes the commitment of the authorities to hold elections in line with the constitution, and underlines the importance that the conditions are in place to allow those elections to be peaceful, inclusive, credible and transparent. The EU would consider favourably electoral observation, provided that the required conditions are fulfilled and that an invitation from the Government of Zimbabwe is received.
4. The EU welcomes the stated intention of the Zimbabwean authorities to deliver economic reforms in Zimbabwe, aiming at supporting job creation, growth and sustainable long-term development, and reaffirms its willingness to support the planning and implementation of much-needed structural changes and the promotion of good governance. In this context, the EU will support the authorities in establishing as soon as possible a constructive re-engagement with international financial institutions based on a clear and time-bound economic and political reform programme.
5. The EU stands ready to review the whole range of its policies towards Zimbabwe at any moment to take into account the progress achieved in the country.

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