Zimbabwe president: Western sanctions 'cancer' eating economyChristian Fernsby ▼ | October 25, 2019
Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa described Western sanctions as a “cancer” sapping the economy, and his supporters denounced the measures during marches held around the southern African country.
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Mnangagwa has so far failed to unify the country since taking over from the late Robert Mugabe, who was ousted in a coup in 2017. Hopes of a swift recovery have faded as the economy struggles to exit its deepest crisis in a decade.
Mnangagwa, like Mugabe, blames the sanctions imposed by the United States and European Union since 2001 for the economic ills and sees them as a tool to remove the ruling ZANU-PF party from power.
“Every part and sector of our economy has been affected by these sanctions like a cancer,” Mnangagwa told a few thousand supporters inside a 60,000-seater national stadium. “Enough is enough, remove them. Remove these sanctions now!” ■