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SADC calls for lifting of Sanctions against Mugabe

Heads of State of the Southern African Development Community, SADC, have called on the United States and the European union to lift sanctions imposed on Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe. They made the call on Sunday in a statement in Malawi where they had been meeting. In 2003 at the highest of violence in the country, the European Union and United States imposed a travel ban on Mugabe and nine other officials of his ZANU-PF party. Sanctions were also imposed on two companies. Malawian president, Joyce Banda, who now chairs SADC, said all forms of sanctions should be lifted against Mugabe and against Zimbabwe following the holding of free and peaceful elections. The elections were held three weeks ago. The electoral commission declared Mugabe winner of the presidential poll, and his party winner of two-thirds of the parliamentary seats. The Movement for Democratic Change Party and other smaller parties said the elections were rigged and had filed a petition in court to challenge the results, but last Friday they withdrew the case, saying they would not get justice in a court dominated by Mugabe’s friends and appointees. Mugabe, 89 years old, will be sworn in for a seventh term of office this coming Thursday. He has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, when it attained independence.


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