MEPs to assess Zimbabwe’s future 

MEPs will discuss Zimbabwe’s future, the coming presidential elections and how it can lift itself out of its deep economic crisis, in a debate on Tuesday.

Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa officially succeeded 93-year-old Robert Mugabe on 24 November. Mr Mugabe resigned, after 37 years of authoritarian rule, having resisted several days of pressure to go from the military, his party, Zanu-PF, and the Zimbabwean people.

MEPs will discuss how the new head of state, who will represent Zanu-PF at the country's next presidential elections in 2018, can help lift Zimbabwe out of the deep economic crisis it has been experiencing since the early 2000s, with people anxiously awaiting reforms.

The recent change in Zimbabwe's leadership was discussed by MEPs and MPs from  African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries at the 34th ACP-UE Joint Parliament Assembly, which took place in Haiti on 18-21 December.

Procedure Code: 2017/3022(RSP)

Debate: Tuesday, 6 February

Vote: No resolution

Procedure: Statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy