Trump Expands US Sanctions Against Zimbabwe By A Year

“The actions and policies of these persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States,” Trump said in a notice announcing the extension, adding: “I am continuing for (one) year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13,288.”

Trump Expands US Sanctions Against Zimbabwe By A Year-Surge Zirc SA
Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa/Photo File:Google

US President Donald Trump on Monday expanded sanctions against Zimbabwe by one year, saying that the new government’s policies continue to pose an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to US foreign policy.

The renewal comes regardless pleads by African leaders, thus includes South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for the sanction to be lifted to give Zimbabwe an opportunity to recuperate from its economic crisis

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“The actions and policies of these persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States,” Trump said in a notice announcing the extension, adding: “I am continuing for (one) year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13,288.”

According to US officials, there are 141 entities and individuals in Zimbabwe, including Mnangagwa and long-time former president Robert Mugabe, currently under US sanctions.

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Trump administration officials had said the sanctions will remain until the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa changes Zimbabwe’s laws restricting media freedom and allowing protests.

Mnangagwa has called for the sanctions to be lifted against the Zanu-PF ruling party, top military figures and some government-owned firms, which were imposed during Mugabe’s rule over what the United States said were human rights violations and undermining of the democratic process.

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