Bush Demands Action Against Zimbabwe

Calls election a 'sham,' orders sanctions; Rice vows UN resolution
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2008 1:00 PM CDT
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, left, meets with unidentified Zimbabwean electoral officials in Harare, Saturday, June 28, 2008, a day after the country went to the polls in a runoff election.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Washington is seeking ways to punish Robert Mugabe for his violent "sham" of an election, President Bush said today. Bush has ordered Condoleezza Rice and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to work up sanctions against Zimbabwe, which ran a runoff ballot yesterday with Mugabe the sole candidate. Rice vowed to "press for strong action by the United Nations" against the African nation.