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Australia to lift Zimbabwe sanctions: FM


10:59, March 11, 2013

CANBERRA, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Australia will lift sanctions against 55 individuals in Zimbabwe in response to the announcement of a constitutional referendum to be held in Zimbabwe on March 16, Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced in a statement Monday.

"The 55 names on this list include some ZANU-PF politicians, members of the judiciary and media, provincial governors and leading business figures," Carr said. "These individuals are not considered to be hindering democratic reforms or undermining the ultimate goal of free and fair elections in Zimbabwe."

According to Carr, he had released a three-stage roadmap for the lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe on Feb. 7, 2013.

Remaining Australian sanctions on Zimbabwe include travel and financial restrictions against 98 individuals and four entities, an arms embargo and prohibition on defence links.

Zimbabwe's constitutional review process has taken three years. The draft text of Zimbabwe's new constitution provides for a new constitutional order in Zimbabwe and a less centralized power structure.

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