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Zimbabwe Crisis Threatens Aid
Posted: Friday, March 22, 2002

A senior US official told African countries on Thursday that US aid to Africa could suffer if they did not take a stand against this month's presidential elections in Zimbabwe.

The US, Britain and the Commonwealth say the election, won by President Mugabe, was not free or fair because of violence and intimidation by Zanu PF.

But African governments have not been so critical, partly because of the feeling that Western outrage is driven in part by sympathy for the white farmers Mugabe wants to evict.

Charles Snyder, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, told a gathering at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington that Zimbabwe had become a test case for attitudes toward governance in Africa. MORE

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