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    “South African President Jacob Zuma, speaking on behalf of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has expressed hope there would be 'no unconstitutional changes' of government in Zimbabwe, as that would be contrary to both SADC and African Union positions,” according to wire service and BBC news reports seen by APA Wednesday.

    Highlighting international reactions to Wednesday’s announced military takeover in Zimbabwe, one report said Zuma urged Zimbabwe's government and the military "to resolve the political impasse amicably."

    Zuma also said “he had spoken to Mr Mugabe, who had indicated that he ‘was confined to his home, but said that he was fine’”, according to another report seen by APA.

    Meanwhile, APA’s correspondent in Abuja reported that President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria Wednesday also called for calm, peace and respect for the constitution in the Southern African country.

    Buhari, leader of Africa’s largest economy and most populous country, "urged all political and military stakeholders in Zimbabwe to avoid any action that may plunge the country into unnecessary conflict and impact negatively on the region."

    “Every attempt must be made to resolve all contentious issues by constitutional means in Zimbabwe to save the country from avoidable political instability,” Buhari added.

    Still another report said China, reportedly Zimbabwe’s biggest trading partner, has said it is “closely watching the situation, and expressed the hope that the relevant parties can properly handle their internal affairs.”


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