harare - The new president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has called on the Western community to put an end to international sanctions against the economic elite and other authorities of his country.
The sanctions of the United States are directed against leaders of the ZANU-PF party, top soldiers and a number of companies that are in the possession of the state. The European Union has only been running sanctions against former President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace since 2014.
According to Mnangagwa, it is now time to stop the sanctions 'without further conditions'. 'The general and free elections of 2018 are imminent and the sanctions are now preventing the economic development of our country,' said the 75-year-old president.
Britain has already promised the new president last month to help with the economic reconstruction of the country.