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Vol 37 No 7

Published 29th March 1996


Ghana

Last chance alliance

Personal ambition has again got the better of hopes for a united opposition front

Articulate, persuasive and wealthy; for many, Kwame Pianim seemed the best candidate the opposition could put up against Jerry Rawlings in this year' s presidential election. Pianim' s supporters had already started to run a campaign for his candidacy with the razamatazz of an American primary contest. One small problem: Pianim came out of gaol in 1992 after serving ten years for attempted subversion of the Rawlings-led military government. In some circles, that would have given him added street credibility but not among the burgers of the opposition New Patriotic Party.

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