London, Nov 21 (AFP) British Prime Minister Theresa May said the resignation of president Robert Mugabe today gave Zimbabwe “an opportunity to forge a new path free of the oppression that characterised his rule”. Also Read - 'Some Evidence' That New UK Coronavirus Strain More Deadly & Transmissible, Warns Boris Johnson

“In recent days we have seen the desire of the Zimbabwean people for free and fair elections and the opportunity to rebuild the country’s economy under a legitimate government,” she said in a statement. Also Read - Amid Fears of New COVID Strain, Flight With 256 Passengers From UK Lands in Delhi

“As Zimbabwe’s oldest friend we will do all we can to support this, working with our international and regional partners to help the country achieve the brighter future it so deserves.” Also Read - New Coronavirus Strain: South Korea Extends UK Flight Ban For 2 More Weeks

Mugabe, who had led Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, resigned as president on Tuesday as parliament began impeachment proceedings in the wake of a military takeover.

Last week, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson expressed hope for change in Zimbabwe but warned that “nobody wants simply to see the transition from one unelected tyrant to the next”. (AFP)

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