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Vol 43 No 25

Published 20th December 2002


Mozambique

A flood of mud

The President's son is not on trial but he's on the spot

The trial of those accused of killing crusading journalist Carlos Cardoso (AC Vol 41 No 24), broadcast live and likely to last at least until the New Year, is followed avidly throughout the country. It reveals among the children of the elite arrogance, high living, widespread illegality, nepotism in business dealings and a total assumption of impunity. All this is bound to influence the local elections, due in mid-2003, and the national elections due in late 2004. The man who increasingly looks like Mozambique's next leader, Armando Guebuza, the presidential candidate of the ruling Frelimo party (formerly Frente de Libertação Moçambicana), is distancing himself from the current leader, President Joaquim Chissano.

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