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Vol 43 No 22

Published 8th November 2002


Multi-party, single party

The next president is being picked by a party caucus, not by the people

The next elections may be a long way off in 2005 but the campaign began last week in Dodoma. Manoeuvring began at the Congress of the governing Chama cha Mapinduzi (AC Vol 43 No 8). Some 1,500 delegates were there to decide who should be on the 85-member National Executive Committee (NEC) and, even more importantly for president-spotters, on the 24-strong Central Committee, the key policy-maker. President Benjamin Mkapa will have served two full terms by 2005 and must retire. Unlike many of his counterparts on the continent, he is unlikely to challenge the constitution.

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