News and Analysis: Zimbabwe
President Obama’s recent trip to Ghana, his first trip to Africa as president, drew a considerable amount of attention. As President Obama’s father was from Kenya, his first trip to the continent and his speech were highly anticipated.
United States and British attacks on Zimbabwe’s independence are escalating. On April 9, the U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe, James McGee, warned that U.S. economic sanctions would be increased unless President Mugabe and the ZANU-PF implemented all imperialist-imposed economic measures.
After months of political crisis in Zimbabwe, South African president Thabo Mbeki has brokered a power-sharing agreement between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai. Elections in March pitted sitting president Mugabe and the ZANU-PF party against Tsvangirai and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.
Zimbabwe remains locked in a political crisis. Various rounds of negotiations since the June 27 runoff presidential election have yet to yield any sort of settlement between Robert Mugabe’s ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, led by Morgan Tsvangirai.
Washington is pushing for U.N. sanctions against Zimbabwe following President Robert Mugabe’s victory in the country’s runoff election for president. The sanctions would include an arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze targeting Mugabe and other top government officials.
Over a month after the March 29 presidential election, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has released the final vote counts. As expected, Robert Mugabe of the ruling ZANU-PF party was handed a defeat.
With election intrigue, economic crisis, and rumors of violence and smoky backroom deals, the March 29 elections in Zimbabwe have been attracting a good deal of attention recently in the Western press.
Democrat and Republican politicians continue to claim that there is “genocide” in the Darfur region of Sudan. They claim that U.S. military intervention in Sudan is a “humanitarian” necessity, not part of an imperialist agenda to secure access to raw materials and markets in the oil-rich region.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown refused to attend the European Union-African Union Summit to protest the participation of Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe. German chancellor Angela Merkel expressed sympathy with Brown’s decision.