The Australian Government welcomes the resignation of Zimbabwe’s Leader Robert Mugabe after 37 years of increasingly authoritarian and oppressive rule.

His resignation provides an opportunity for Zimbabwe to establish proper conditions for free and fair elections to take place and to transition to an inclusive, peaceful constitutional democracy.

Recent events demonstrate that the people of Zimbabwe want change and a pathway to a better future in a post-Mugabe era.

We are continuing to monitor the situation in Harare and encourage a peaceful transition to a functional democratic system.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s travel advice continues to advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Harare.

Australians in Harare should continue to be vigilant, avoid large gatherings and monitor local media for developments.

Media enquiries

  • Minister's office: (02) 6277 7500
  • DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555