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Vol 49 No 16

Published 1st August 2008


A sick man's contest

The President is probably unfit to continue and his main opponents are either ill or accused of corruption

Everyone seems convinced that President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, who suffered a stroke a month ago, will not resume his duties. Inside his Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) the succession battle is heating up and luck seems to favour Vice-President Rupiah Bwezani Banda, the only one who has stayed out of the succession campaigns. He is 71 and his rivals malign him as an old man with no backbone, pushed into the ring by political vultures who want to benefit from his presidency.

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