Harare, Zimbabwe (CNN)In the wake of violent protests across Zimbabwe, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced he will skip the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week.
Zimbabwe's leader skipping World Economic Forum in Davos after violent protests
"In light of the economic situation, I will be returning home after a highly productive week of bilateral trade and investment meetings," Mnangagwa said in a tweet Sunday. "We will be ably represented in Davos by Minister of Finance, Mthuli Ncube."
Three days of protests broke out after Mnangagwa announced a 150% increase in fuel prices last week. He said that was meant to ease the impact of months of fuel shortages.
"The first priority is to get Zimbabwe calm, stable and working again," Mnangagwa added in his Sunday tweet.
It's unclear how many people in Zimbabwe actually received the message on Twitter, since the country remains without access to social media after the government this week ordered the country's biggest mobile operator to shut down service.
A presidential spokesman said Saturday the shutdown was meant to limit access to sites like WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook, which protesters were using to coordinate demonstrations.
Security forces shot five people dead in the capital city of Harare on Wednesday and wounded another 25 in Harare. Human rights organizations blamed the police and the army for the v