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Australia calls for re-run of Zimbabwe’s election, says otherwise
sanctions will stay
August 04, 2013
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on the Zimbabwe Mail website
Australia’s government on Sunday called for a re-run
of Zimbabwe’s election, warning that Australia will not
lift sanctions against the African country unless free and fair
polls are held.
electoral panel declared Saturday that longtime President Robert
Mugabe had won re-election by a landslide in Wednesday’s poll.
Mugabe’s chief rival and former coalition partner, Morgan
Tsvangirai, has accused the 89-year-old leader of poll-rigging.
Australian Foreign Minister
Bob Carr said it appeared large numbers of people could not vote,
casting doubts on the credibility of results.
“Given our doubts
about the results, Australia calls for a re-run of the elections
based on a verified and agreed voters roll,” he said in a
Without a new election,
Carr said Australia would not lift its remaining sanctions against
Zimbabwe. The sanctions include travel bans and financial measures
against 33 individuals and one entity.
Australia announced in
May that all remaining sanctions against Zimbabwe would be lifted
after free and fair elections were held and a democratically elected
government took office.
Britain and the United
States have also been strongly critical of the voting process.
The Australian Embassy
in Harare contributed five observers to monitor the election.
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