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The Zimbabwe Elections and the Current State of Sanctions
21 August 2013
The recent Zimbabwean elections may have a significant impact on EU sanctions on the country: prior to the elections, the EU ambassador to South Africa stated that the EU would lift sanctions if the elections were “internationally recognized”.
International opinion remains split as to the legitimacy of the elections, and the EU has yet to come to a decision.
A lifting of EU sanctions would provide more freedom to those wishing to engage with the Zimbabwean mining industry, particularly its diamond sector -- but investors need to remain aware that other sanctions will remain in place, particularly those imposed by the US.
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