U.S. increasingly disappointed with Zimbabwe government: U.S. official

FILE - Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses people during a Heroes' Day holiday event in Harare, Aug. 13, 2018. Friday, the country's top court confirmed Mnangagwa's election victory, clearing the way for his inauguration.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. disappointment with Zimbabwe’s government keeps growing amid the heavy-handed response of authorities to any form of opposition, a senior State Department official said on Monday following a crackdown last week against protesters.

“The disappointment just keeps getting worse and worse, unfortunately,” said the official, speaking on background to reporters. “The government seems to be getting even more violent in their response to any form of opposition.”

Anger among the population has mounted over triple-digit inflation, rolling power cuts and shortages of U.S. dollars, fuel, and bread.

In March, President Donald Trump extended by one year U.S. sanctions against 100 entities and individuals in Zimbabwe, including Mnangagwa, saying his government had failed to bring about political and economic changes.

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Sandra Maler

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