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Mary Robinson and Kofi Annan visit Zimbabwe ahead of the Presidential elections

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On 19 July, the independent group of global leaders, The Elders, with the support of the Kofi Annan Foundation visited Zimbabwe. The visit was led by Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and the Kofi Annan Foundation and former member of the Prize Committee. Additionally, MIF Board and Prize Committee member, Mary Robinson was also part of the delegation joined by former Foreign Minister of Algeria and UN diplomat, Lakhdar Brahimi.

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Ahead of the pivotal general elections in Zimbabwe, taking place today, 30 July 2018, this trip aimed at meeting leading political figures and supporting all actors involved in working  towards a free, fair and transparent electoral process. Mary Robinson commended the crucial role of Zimbabwean civil society groups and highlighted:

Zimbabwe is blessed with talented, eloquent and passionate people. We have been deeply impressed by the commitment of civil society groups here to build a better future for their country. The authorities and security services must continue to allow free expression whatever the election outcome, and not revert to past tactics of violence and intimidation.