President Donald Trump on Monday renewed sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by another year, snubbing regional leaders who are calling for an end to the sanctions. Zimbabwe’s neighbours, including SA, have called for sanctions against the Sadc state to be lifted. The US first imposed the measures in 2003 and renewed them in 2005 and 2008 under America's International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Trump said Zimbabwe had not implemented promised reforms. The extension effectively rules out the possibility of a US bailout. In a letter to the US Senate on Monday, Trump accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa of running a flawed election, in reference to the contested July 2018 poll that popular opposition leader Nelson Chamisa claims he won. The sanctions follow Mnangagwa's recent military crackdown on protests over a crippling fuel hike. At least 17 people were reportedly killed. Undermined democracy Trump’s strongly worded letter said the actions of the government of Zimbabwe continued “to ...

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