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Zimbabwe: Politics and Government

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department’s latest assessment is of the political situation in Zimbabwe. (190655)

[holding answer 29 February 2008]: Zimbabwe continues to suffer from an economic, humanitarian and political crisis, for which President Mugabe is directly responsible. Although an election has been declared for 29 March, it seems almost impossible for it to be held in anything like free and fair conditions. We are pressing for effective international monitoring and for states in the region to require the election to meet international standards, including those adopted by the Southern African Development Community itself.