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Citing breakdown in rule of law, US freezes assets of Zimbabwe President

[JURIST] In an official Message to Congress [text] Friday, President Bush ordered financial sanctions and an asset freeze against Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and 76 associates, citing "the unusual and extraordinary threat posed to the foreign policy of the United States by the deterioration of Zimbabwe's democracy and the resulting breakdown in the rule of law, politically motivated violence, and the political and economic instability in the southern African region." The Executive Order detailing the sanctions is not yet online from the White House, but a statement by Press Secretary Ari Fleischer is available.

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