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Vol 40 No 23

Published 19th December 1999


Chiluba and after

The President, tempted by another term, would face rivals within his own party

President Frederick Chiluba has had a surprisingly good six months. He brokered a seemingly impossible peace deal for the Democratic Republic of Congo, signed in July and now under serious threat. He played host, in October, to Thabo Mbeki, on the South African President's first state visit abroad. He has probably sold off (albeit cheaply) Zambia's best copper mines, which just might start foreign investment flowing again. And his ruling Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) easily won two recent by-elections in Western province. 'I never knew power was so sweet', he admitted after his election in 1991. Like others before him, he may feel he deserves a third presidential term.

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