Call for peaceful transfer of power
PUBLISHED: 14:01 08 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 15 June 2010
MEP Neil Parish has welcomed the election results that have been emerging from Zimbabwe.
MEP Neil Parish has welcomed the election results that have been emerging from Zimbabwe.Mr Parish, who will be standing for the Tiverton and Honiton Constituency when MP Angela Browning stands down at the next General Election, said it was clear that the political change was about to take place in the country.Speaking after the first official election results were released, the MEP said: "I very much welcome the fact that the Movement for Democratic Change Party (MDC) has won the election and, although we await the results of the presidential election, it is clear that the tide has turned against President Mugabe."What is important now is that we see a peaceful transfer of power and for this to happen Robert Mugabe must respect the change that the Zimbabwean public are calling for."The army and the police must also respect the democratic change."It is most definitely time for Mugabe to go. "He has ruined one of the most prosperous countries in Africa. "He should, for once, do the right thing and leave power peacefully and gracefully."Mr Parish was banned from Zimbabwe by the Mugabe regime after he spoke out against the widespread vote rigging in the 2000 election.