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Published: March 5, 2009
Harare(ZimEye)-American President Barack Obama has extended sanctions against Zimbabwe by one year, a day after Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai called for the removal of the sanctions to enable the new Government to deal with the economic situation in Zimbabwe.
Obama said Zimbabwe has not solved its political crisis yet considering some of the actions some of the officials in the new Government.
“The crisis constituted by the actions and policies of certain members of the government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions has not been resolved,” Obama said in a statement.
“These actions and policies pose a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States.”
The US government imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2003 as way of forcing Mugabe to upheld the rule of law.
The among other things, ban more than 250 Zimbabwean individuals and companies from doing business with the United States.
The sanctions were supposed to expire on Friday.
Despite the political agreement between ZANU PF and MDC, President Mugabe has continued to spew vitriol on opposing voices in and outside the country.
Recently he said he was going ahead and remove the remaining white farmers from their farms (ZimEye, Zimbabwe)