Mugabe Must Quit or Face More Protests, Opposition Leader Says

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe must step down or face more protests of the type that rocked the southern African nation last week, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai told reporters in the capital, Harare.

Mugabe, 92, needs to “soft-land this crisis,” Tsvangirai, who recently returned from South Africa where he received treatment for cancer, said Friday. “He must step down or face popular protests as he has failed to find a solution.”

Zimbabwe is experiencing an unprecedented liquidity crisis that’s led to civil servants being paid late and some private-sector workers receiving goods instead of salaries. That sparked a national strike on July 6. The country was also hit by riots as taxi operators protested against what they said was police harassment and the nation’s main border post with South Africa was shut for a weekend after the government banned the import of certain goods, sparking demonstrations from traders.

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