November 17, 2017 / 2:55 PM / 2 years ago

Tillerson urges return to civilian rule in Zimbabwe

A man reads a newspaper as residents queue to draw money at a bank in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 17, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged “a quick return to civilian rule” in Zimbabwe after its army took charge earlier this week, and called events there “a concern.”

“Zimbabwe has an opportunity to set itself on a new path, one that must include democratic elections and respect for human rights,” Tillerson told the foreign ministers from the African continent ahead of a meeting in Washington.

Reporting by David Alexander and Susan HeaveyEditing by Chizu Nomiyama

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