Zimbabwe president breaks off Davos trip amid unrest

Jan 22, 2019, 4:49 AM EST
Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa cut short his trip to Davos.
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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa cut short his trip to Davos on Monday as violent protests, triggered by steep hikes in fuel prices, broke out in the capital, Harare, and the south-western city of Bulawayo.

The government blames the unrest on the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, accusing it of inciting violence while critics accuse the authorities of a brutal crackdown, notes the BBC.

The president’s spokesman alleged that the violence has been orchestrated by the opposition, which refuses to stomach its poll defeat last year and is trying to destabilize the government for political interests, reports VOA Zimbabwe.

The MDC has called on the government to stop “terrorizing” innocent citizens and protesters and instead roll back the price hikes, which have made the Zimbabwean fuel the most expensive in the world.