Awaiting Zimbabwe Results, Bush Threatens Sanctions
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean officials say it looks like a clear victory for President Robert Mugabe in the internationally condemned one-candidate presidential runoff.
It’s not clear when the certified results will be announced.
A foreign observer says contrary to the state-run newspaper’s report of a “massive turnout” it was “very, very low.” And the observer says those who voted did so out of fear. He said some people mutilated their ballots and others defiantly voted for the opposition leader who dropped out of the race but whose name remained on the ballot.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe is under threat of further sanctions. President Bush says the U.S. is working on new ways to punish Mugabe. He says the U.S. will press for strong action by the United Nations, including an arms embargo on Zimbabwe and travel ban on regime officials.