Southern African Group’s Head Urges Zimbabwe Sanctions Review

Joyce Banda, chairwoman of the Southern African Development Community, called on western nations to review sanctions against Zimbabwe after the country’s presidential election last month.

“I want the West to review its position on the sanctions in Zimbabwe,” Banda, who also is Malawi’s president, said in remarks at the closing of an SADC summit meeting held in her country’s capital, Lilongwe. “Zimbabweans deserve better and Zimbabweans have suffered enough.”

Sanctions against Zimbabweans including President Robert Mugabe were imposed in 2003 by U.S. President George W. Bush, a Republican, and were continued under his Democratic successor, Barack Obama. Mugabe was re-elected for another five-year term. The SADC has 15 members including Angola and Mozambique.

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