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Zimbabwe Independence Day marked by unity

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai came together for a celebration of the country's Independence Day at the stadium in the capital city Harare, the Star Online reported via Reuters.

After a coalition government was formed in February, the first unified celebration took place on Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reported via The Associated Press.

Mugabe gave a speech calling for tolerance and reconciliation, the Star reported. Mugabe and Tsvangirai have pledged to work together to address the host of issues that face nation.

Many major Western donors, including the United States, currently have targeted sanctions on the government, but Mugabe called for those to end, the Chronicle reported.

The United States has lifted a travel advisory against the country, the Chronicle reported.

Unemployment in Zimbabwe is around 90 percent, the Star reported, and about two-thirds of the population are receiving international food aid, the Chronicle reported.

Local currency had become enormously inflated, prompting the Finance Ministry to establish only hard national currencies, the Chronicle reported.

The government is currently seeking $2 billion in emergency aid, the Star reported.