Friday, December 19, 2008

Mugabe: Africans will not remove me

Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president, has said that African nations lack the courage to use military force to remove him from power, the state-run Herald newspaper said.

"How could African leaders ever topple Robert Mugabe - organise an army to come? It is not easy," he was quoted on Friday as saying at a meeting of his party's central committee a day earlier.

"I do not know of any African country that is brave enough to do that."

The remarks came after Jendayi Frazer, the US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, called on the 84-year-old president to step down, accusing him of causing the "complete collapse" of Zimbabwe.

Mugabe's Zanu-PF party and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) are deadlocked over a power-sharing deal agreed in September as the economic and humanitarian situation deteriorates.
 Source: Al Jazeera and agencies
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