Zimbabwe: Obama administration extends sanctions by another year

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
2 March 2010

United States President Barack Obama announced on Monday he was extending US sanctions on Robert Mugabe’s regime by another year.

The US President said the reason for extending the targeted sanctions was that ‘Zimbabwe’s deep political crisis remained unresolved.’

“I am continuing for one year the national emergency with respect to the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions,” Obama said in a statement.

Two weeks ago, the European Union also extended targeted sanctions against Zimbabwe, including an arms embargo, by another year. Western countries imposed restrictive measures on Zimbabwe in 2002 in reaction to allegations of electoral rigging and human rights abuses by Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the country since 1980.

EU sanctions ban the sale ‘of arms and of equipment that can be used for [continue reading]

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