Zimbabwe To Hold First Post-Mugabe Elections
President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe says the country will hold elections in four to five months, the first since the ouster of longtime ruler Robert Mugabe.
Mnangagwa made the pledge Wednesday during an official trip to neighboring Mozambique, according to a report in the state-owned Herald newspaper.
The Zimbabwean leader pledged to ensure free and fair elections to ensure Zimbabwe "engages the world as a qualified democratic state." Elections had been expected to be held in either July or August.
The 93-year-old Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years before he was forced to resign under pressure last November after he was removed from power in a shock move by the military and lost support of lawmakers in his ruling ZANU-PF party.
During Mugabe's long rule, elections in Zimbabwe were marred by vote rigging and violence.
Haley: Palestinians Not Serious' About Peace
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Wednesday the Palestinian Authority is "not serious" about the peace process and threatened to withhold future funding if they do not move toward talks.
"We are not going to reward bad behavior," Haley said during an exclusive interview with VOA.
Following President Donald Trump's December 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy there, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the U.S. could no longer be a mediator.
On Tuesday, the State Department announced that it is withholding $65 million dollars from its initial 2018 contribution of $125 million to the U.N. agency that supports Palestinian refugees, known as UNRWA.
Last year, Washington contributed $364 million to UNRWA, making it the agency's top donor.