Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has strongly denounced an assassination attempt on the Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa during a campaign rally in Bulawayo.
In a Sunday statement, Qassemi wished full recovery for those injured in the blast and expressed the Islamic Republic’s sympathy with their families.
He then described as unacceptable any resort to violence to press ahead with one’s political goals and expressed the hope that Zimbabwe’s parliamentary elections would be held in peace and security through unity and vigilance of all the people in the African country.
Mnangagwa survived an explosion on Saturday that rocked a stadium where he was addressing a rally.
The 75-year-old president, who was accompanied by his two deputies, was unhurt and taken to safety after the blast on Saturday. Footage from Zimbabwe’s state television showed that the explosion took place near the president as he waved to supporters leaving a number of people injured.
No group has yet taken responsibility for the blast.
Zimbabwe said in late May it would choose a new president and parliament on July 30, in the country’s first electoral test since the removal of its former leader Robert Mugabe.