Week Ending Friday, November 28, 2008

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: November 22, 2008

Statement on the Situation in Zimbabwe,
November 22, 2008

Nearly 8 months have passed since the Zimbabwean people voted for a new President, yet they still are governed by an illegitimate regime that continues to suppress democratic voices and basic human rights. In addition to its disastrous economic policies which have forced half the population to rely on food assistance, the Mugabe regime is now assaulting doctors and nurses, denying citizens access to basic medical services, and stealing donor funds intended for HIV/AIDS patients.

In October alone, independent organizations documented some 1,300 incidents of politically motivated violence and harassment by the regime. We call for an end to the Mugabe regime’s brutal repression of basic freedoms and for the formation of a legitimate government that represents the will of the people as expressed in the March 2008 elections.

In spite of the regime’s aggressive actions against its own people, the United States will continue to honor its commitment to provide emergency humanitarian assistance, already totaling $186 million in 2008, and stands ready to provide other forms of assistance pending the formation of a legitimate government that represents the will of the Zimbabwean people.

Note: The statement referred to President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Statement on the Situation in Zimbabwe, November 22, 2008," Week Ending Friday, November 28, 2008 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 28, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1452 Original Sources, accessed October 21, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P5Z3JVB3M5EKQV6.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Statement on the Situation in Zimbabwe, November 22, 2008." Week Ending Friday, November 28, 2008, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 28, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1452, Original Sources. 21 Oct. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P5Z3JVB3M5EKQV6.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Statement on the Situation in Zimbabwe, November 22, 2008' in Week Ending Friday, November 28, 2008. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, November 28, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:1452. Original Sources, retrieved 21 October 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=P5Z3JVB3M5EKQV6.