A protestor holds a placard with a photograph of Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa during a demonstration in Harare, Thursday, Nov., 29, 2018. Zimbabweans are gathering for a nationwide protest over the country's economic collapse and what the opposition calls the new government's "cocktail of lies." (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabweans protest 'cocktail of lies' amid economic decline

November 29, 2018 - 8:11 am

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Thousands of exasperated Zimbabweans gathered Thursday for a nationwide protest over the country's economic collapse and what the opposition calls the new government's "cocktail of lies."

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration is under growing pressure one year after taking office following the removal of longtime leader Robert Mugabe. Tensions remain high after July's disputed election that Mnangagwa narrowly won.

Zimbabwe's government is struggling to even arrange a reliable currency as many citizens in the southern African nation say they've seen no progress on promises of "jobs, job, jobs."

The protest played out peacefully under heavy security in the capital, Harare, with opposition supporters singing anti-government songs.

Main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa this week said he is ready for dialogue with Mnangagwa, a longtime Mugabe enforcer. The ruling party says Chamisa, who unsuccessfully challenged the election results in court and claimed victory, should accept Mnangagwa's win before talks can commence.

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Associated Press photographer Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi in Harare contributed.

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