Zimbabwe ruling party meets to seal Mugabe’s fall from grace

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa, right, chairs the ZANU PF’s Politburo meeting with Obert Mpofu, the party’s finance secretary in Harare. (Reuters)
Updated 15 December 2017
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Zimbabwe ruling party meets to seal Mugabe’s fall from grace

HARARE, Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s ruling party is meeting to finalize Robert Mugabe’s fall from grace and make new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa its candidate for next year’s elections.
Mnangagwa was inaugurated last month after the military stepped in, hundreds of thousands rallied in the streets and lawmakers began impeachment proceedings against the 93-year-old Mugabe after 37 years in power.
Friday’s meeting completes Mugabe’s removal as ZANU-PF party leader. Images of his face are conspicuously missing, is as Mugabe himself. He flew to Malaysia and Singapore this week to visit family and seek medical treatment.
Now the 75-year-old Mnangagwa must find a way out of his longtime mentor’s shadow, revive the severely weakened economy and win over the country ahead of elections. He has called for longtime sanctions to be lifted to ease foreign investment.


EU hits Venezuela vice president Delcy Rodriguez with sanctions: Statement

Updated 25 June 2018
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EU hits Venezuela vice president Delcy Rodriguez with sanctions: Statement

  • EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday formally approved travel bans and asset freezes
  • In January, Europe added seven senior Venezuelan officials including the interior minister to its sanctions blacklist

LUXEMBOURG: Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez was among 11 senior officials hit Monday by EU sanctions over irregularities in the reelection of President Nicolas Maduro, the bloc announced.
“The persons listed are responsible for human rights violations and for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela. The measures include a travel ban and an asset freeze,” the European Union said after its 28 foreign ministers backed the move at a meeting in Luxembourg.

After the 28 EU states pledged last month to "swiftly" punish Caracas with measures, EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday formally approved travel bans and asset freezes against the 11, who were to be named later in the official announcement.
The EU said last month that Maduro's re-election "lacked any credibility" and did not meet even "minimum international standards" for free and fair polls.
In January, Europe added seven senior Venezuelan officials including the interior minister to its sanctions blacklist, after in November enforcing an embargo on weapons and equipment that could be used for political repression.
Maduro won 68 percent of the vote in the May election, which was boycotted by the opposition and condemned as illegitimate by much of the international community.