ALGIERS, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Algeria on Thursday called for respect for Zimbabwe's constitutional order after the army seized power from the government earlier on Wednesday.
"Algeria is following with concern the recent developments in Zimbabwe," Algerian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abdelaziz Benali Cherif said in a statement.
He added that his country calls "for calm and self-restraint and urge all the parties to ensure respect for constitutional order and to avoid any slide that would harm Zimbabwe and its people."
Cherif further affirmed that Algeria supports the efforts being exerted by the countries of the region within the framework of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to allow "a quick return to normality."
According to media report from Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday has been placed under house arrest by army.
The African Union urged the concerned parties in Zimbabwe to address the current political deadlock in accordance with the country's constitution, while reiterating its commitment to work with the SADC to ensure a peaceful settlement of the crisis.