Mugabe 'should have quit long ago' Apr 3, 2008 22:13:22 GMT -5
Post by Flash on Apr 3, 2008 22:13:22 GMT -5
Mugabe 'should have quit long ago'
Article from: AAP
April 04, 2008 07:53am
FORMER prime minister Malcolm Fraser says Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should have quit after the first decade of his 28-year rule.
Mr Fraser, who played a crucial role in pressing for majority rule in Zimbabwe, said had Mr Mugabe done so his good reputation would have been assured.
Now, it was enormously important that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai succeed President Mugabe.
"I only wish that Mugabe would stand aside and recognise that his time is passed," Mr Fraser told ABC radio.
"He is one of those people who, if he had been in office for 10 years, would have left with a very high reputation.
"But he has been there 18 or 20 years too long and he has done enormous damage to Zimbabwe."
Mr Fraser said he hoped the international community would provide substantial assistance to Zimbabwe once Mr Mugabe departed.
"Trying to stabilise the economy is obviously going to be critical ... there would be advice and help available," he said.
"I believe the Australian Government has already said that it would assist in this process and I am quite sure there are many countries also that would want to try and bring Zimbabwe in from the cold."
The situation in Zimbabwe remains unclear following weekend elections which ended the ZANU-PF party's long-standing parliamentary majority.
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change claims Mr Tsvangirai has defeated Mr Mugabe in the presidential poll but there has been no official announcement from the electoral commission.