Zimbabwean president: Capitol riots show US has no right punish other nations 'under the guise of upholding democracy'
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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa said Thursday that the U.S. had no right to sanction other nations in the name of promoting democracy after Wednesday’s riot at the U.S. Capitol.

“Last year, President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE extended painful economic sanctions placed on Zimbabwe, citing concerns about Zimbabwe’s democracy,” Mnangagwa tweeted. “Yesterday’s events showed that the U.S. has no moral right to punish another nation under the guise of upholding democracy. These sanctions must end.”

Pro-Trump mobs stormed the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, disrupting the certification of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE’s Electoral College victory and forcing evacuations. At least four people died during the chaos, one of whom was shot and killed by Capitol Police. Congress resumed and affirmed Biden’s victory hours later.

“I’d like to again congratulate President-elect @JoeBidenon on his confirmation as the 46th President of the United States,” Mnangagwa added. “Zimbabwe is, as it always has been, ready to work together as friends and partners with the U.S for the benefit of both our peoples.”