US unlikely to lift sanctions against Zim
06 August 2013, 11:09
Cape Town – The United States has reiterated its long held
position that any easing or lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe would happen
only in the context of a credible election.
SABC reported on Tuesday that the US State Department had hinted
that lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe were unlikely.
"Preliminary reports from the AU, SADC and domestic observer
missions also noted a number of concerns. So we’ve been clear that any easing of
sanctions will only occur in the context of credible, transparent, peaceful
"... We do not believe these results were a credible
expression of the will of the Zimbabwean people" said the US State Department Spokesperson
At the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry issued a
statement that in light of substantial irregularities the US did not consider the
election to be a credible expression of the will of Zimbabweans.
Zimbabwe's defeated presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai
on Monday prepared to mount a legal and political challenge against the
"sham" election that looks set to extend President Robert Mugabe's
Tsvangirai's allies have announced they will launch a
constitutional court challenge against the results of Wednesday's election,
which handed Mugabe a thumping 61% of the vote.
The case could delay 89-year-old Mugabe's inauguration for
another five-year term.
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