The President of Zimbabwe has increased the price of petrol and flew to meet with Putin

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Emmerson, Mangiafico: Vitaliy Belousov / RIA Novosti

The President of Zimbabwe Mr Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived in Moscow, where he plans to meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, reports RIA Novosti. A two-day visit to Russia comes amid protests in Zimbabwe due to the sharp rise in fuel prices.

About the rising cost of fuel at the end of last week declared himself Mnangagwa. The growth was 200 per cent and 13 January, the price of a liter of gasoline reached 3.31 dollar (about 222 rubles), diesel fuel — 3.11 dollar (210 rubles). On the same day, the President left the country for a long foreign tour, he will visit Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan, and the visit will be concluded with participation in the world economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, says TimesLIVE.

According to The Zimbabwe Mail, the discontent of Zimbabweans rising prices at the pump resulted in clashes with police in the streets of several cities, including the capital, Harare. Residents of some settlements block the roads, building barricades and burning tyres. There is also information about the robbery protesters supermarket. The police dispersed the demonstrators, using tear gas and water cannons.

Mnangagwa said that the unrest are some of the items on the plans which the government knows. He called their actions are unacceptable, and noted that the government will curb abuses in the fuel market.

Emmerson Mnangagwa became President of Zimbabwe in November 2017 after the previous leader of the country Robert Mugabe was removed from office in a military coup.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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