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Vol 45 No 20

Published 8th October 2004


Burundi

The timetable slips

Politicians scramble for power as the transition's end draws near

The transitional government is due to step down on 1 November and - unless swift action is taken - a dangerous power vacuum looms. The 20 October referendum and 1 November general election - and democratic hopes - will all be delayed. The timetable, set in August 2000 by the Arusha Peace Agreement, also requires a new constitution and head of state by 1 November.

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