European Union lifts travel ban on new African Union leader Mugabe

The European Commission said on Tuesday that newly elected Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe will be able to travel to the European Union this year in his new “capacity as chairman of the African Union.”

90-year-old Mugabe, one of Africa’s most divisive figures, assumed the rotating chairmanship of the AU on Friday, casting a shadow over the organisation’s relations with the West.

The EU executive also said it has “taken note” of the choice of the controversial leader by African heads of state and government.

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