The United States business-focused international publication, the Wall Street Journal has said that the recently held 2018 elections were not fair and show that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has adapted former President Robert Mugabe’s methods. The Wall Street Journal criticised how the election was run as well as the gunning down of at least six civilians after protests turned violent last Wednesday. According to the paper, there is no need to ease sanctions applied to Zimbabwe by the United States and Europe. In an article written by its editorial board, the Journal says,
…Security forces killed at least six opposition protesters, raided opposition headquarters and broke up a press conference at a Harare hotel Friday. Political intimidation and killings were a hallmark of the Mugabe era, and Mr. Mnangagwa, a former defense minister and spymaster, learned his trade well.
…The Trump Administration renewed sanctions on Mr. Mnangagwa and other Zanu-PF leaders in March, and the country remains unable to borrow from international institutions. The election process and results show there’s no reason for the U.S. or Europe to ease the diplomatic and financial pressure.
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