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Vol 56 No 10

Published 15th May 2015


Outward bound

Morocco has been busy buying influence in Washington, extending it in Francophone Africa and tightening its grip on Western Sahara

Officials and business leaders are celebrating their successful but costly campaign to outflank regional rival Algeria in the long dispute over Western Sahara. Morocco has also bested Algeria's key allies, including African Union Commission Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The struggle has all but destroyed the five-nation Union du Maghreb arabe, while disagreement over whether Algiers or Rabat takes the lead in reconciling warring factions in Mali and Libya damages peacemaking. Billions of dollars have been lost from trade because the border has been closed since 1994.

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