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Vol 45 No 9

Published 30th April 2004


Tanzania

Troubled isles

As the nation drifts quietly towards the polls, trouble looms offshore

As Tanzania this week celebrates 40 years of Union between the mainland and the islands of Zanzibar, the race to succeed President Benjamin Mkapa after next year's elections has begun (AC Vol 45 No 1). Mkapa insists the Union demonstrates a capacity for cooperation, yet it remains at the heart of Tanzania's biggest crisis. On paper, the Union has allowed Zanzibar semi-autonomy with its own president, while benefiting from the mainland's economic weight.

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