Boris Johnson: Zimbabwe situation fluid

The British Foreign Secretary says it is “crucial” for Zimbabweans to refrain from violence.

Boris Johnson, who will take urgent questions on the issue at parliament today, said:

At the moment it’s very fluid and it’s hard to say exactly how this will turn out.

I think the most important point to make is that everybody wants to see a stable and successful Zimbabwe.

I think we’re really appealing for everybody to refrain from violence. That’s the crucial thing.”

The Conservative party politician has made no secret of his feelings about Robert Mugabe’s tenure as president of Zimbabwe in the past.

Two years ago, in a column for the UK’s Daily Telegraph, he called the extravagant birthday celebrations for the then 91-year-old “utterly nauseating” when taking into consideration the country’s widespread poverty.

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