WASHINGTON – President Bush says the U.S. is developing penalties against the government of Zimbabwe. The move comes in response to what Bush says is the "blatant disregard" for democracy and human rights by Zimbabwe's longtime president.
Zimbabwe held a runoff presidential election Friday that many countries denounced. President Robert Mugabe is accused of using violence to coerce people to vote for him. Bush is calling the election a "sham." He is instructing his secretaries of state and treasury to develop penalties against Zimbabwe's government and its supporters.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the U.S. plans to introduce a U.N. resolution seeking tough action against Zimbabwe. Bush says the U.S. will press for an arms embargo on Zimbabwe and travel ban on government officials.