Zimbabwe's Biti sees opportunity for transitional authority | Fin24
 
Loading...

Zimbabwe's Biti sees opportunity for transitional authority

Nov 15 2017 17:32
Godfrey Marawanyika, Bloomberg

Harare - The “coup” carried out by Zimbabwe’s military offers an opportunity for the country to bring in a “national transitional authority” to deal with its problems, says Tendai Biti, a former finance minister.  

“To us, this is a coup, no matter what they say," Biti said by phone on Wednesday.

"However, we equally understand the reasons raised by the army as we were approaching a near-dynastic state."

READ: Mugabe's era is ending as Zimbabwean military seizes power

It’s also a chance for the United Nations, African Union and the Southern African Development Community to help find a “lasting solution” to the problems facing the country, he said.

The armed forces seized power in Zimbabwe after a week of confrontation with President Robert Mugabe’s government, saying they were acting to stave off violent conflict in the southern African nation.

WATCH: Alex Magaisa, law professor at University of Kent, discusses the actions of Constantine Chiwenga, pictured here.

Mugabe, who at age 93 is the world’s oldest-serving leader, risks being forced from office after the military seized control of the southern African nation.

Mugabe’s tenure as president spans 37 consecutive years, the second-longest after Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who took power eight months before him.

chart (003)

SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE UPDATE: Get Fin24's top morning business news and opinions in your inbox.

Read Fin24's top stories trending on Twitter:

robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  africa economy
NEXT ON FIN24X

 
 
 
 

Company Snapshot

#MINIBUDGET2019

Struggling power utility Eskom will take centre stage at this year's mini budget
 

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

What do you think about private healthcare in SA?

Previous results · Suggest a vote

Loading...