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  Commonwealth suspends Zimbabwe
Updated 19 March 2002, 19.44
Mugabe supporters
Zimbabwe has been suspended from the Commonwealth for a year following the controversial presidential election won by Robert Mugabe.

Commonwealth leaders said there had been a "high level of politically motivated violence" during the elections.

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The decision will be reviewed in a year's time.

Meanwhile, Switzerland is imposing sanctions against Zimbabwe - including a freeze on the bank accounts of government officials.

'Bad' result

Zimbabwe
Commonwealth observers had described Zimbabwe's elections as seriously flawed.

And top politicians from around the world have said they don't agree with the result.

President Mugabe and his Zanu PF party "won" more than 50% of the votes, which makes him leader of his country for another six years.

But he's been accused of fixing the election and stopping lots of people voting for the opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).

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