Mugabe vows to fight against West

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Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has vowed to fight against Western economic curbs (AP)

Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe has said he will retaliate against Western economic curbs imposed on his party.

Measures would include seizing foreign-owned businesses and mining interests.

Mugabe told his ZANU-PF party members in the city of Mutare that it was time to fight travel and financial bans on party leaders.

Under empowerment laws, black Zimbabweans are due to acquire 51% of businesses.

In a live broadcast on state television, Mugabe warned British and US firms that “unless you remove sanctions we will take 100 %.”

Western countries imposed targeted restrictions on Mugabe and his party elite to protest at violations of democratic and human rights during a decade of political and economic turmoil.

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