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14 January 2019

Zimbabwean government deploys riot police in ‘hot spots’ over labour calls for strike.

The Zimbabwean government has deployed riot police in “hot spots” after the country’s largest labour union called for a national strike over a sharp rise in fuel prices.

In a televised address, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said prices of petrol and diesel would more than double, to tackle a shortfall caused by increased demand and “rampant” illegal trading.

Mnangagwa, who took over from longtime leader, Robert Mugabe and won a disputed election last July, also announced a package of measures to help state workers after strikes by doctors and teachers over poor pay.

He said from midnight on Saturday, petrol prices would rise from $1.24 a litre to $3.31 and diesel from $1.36 a litre to $3.11.

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