President Bush has extended U.S. financial sanctions against officials in Zimbabwe's government, including President Robert Mugabe.

In a notice to Congress Thursday, Mr. Bush said he was extending the sanctions for one year, until March 6, 2008.

The president imposed the sanctions in March 2003, saying certain Zimbabwean officials were trying to break down rule of law in the country through politically-motivated violence and intimidation.

U.S. officials have strongly criticized the Mugabe government for pushing white farmers off their land, suppressing free speech and other actions.

The sanctions apply to more than 75 Zimbabwean officials, among them the president, Vice President Joyce Mujuru, and members of the cabinet.

The order freezes any U.S. assets the individuals might have and prohibits Americans from conducting any financial transactions with them.