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Mugabe vows to fight against West

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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