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Vol 44 No 9

Published 2nd May 2003

South Africa

Looking down the line

Cyril 'the Suit' Ramaphosa is positioning himself to succeed Mbeki in 2009

That President Thabo Mbeki is the African National Congress presidential candidate for 2004 and its leader for now is not in question. Yet already speculation is rife about who will be anointed to succeed him in 2009, when Mbeki is obliged to step down after his second term. Within the ANC, it is widely felt that the candidates from Mbeki's cabinet or within the party's current senior leadership do not inspire confidence. Of the lot, runs the feeling, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, the favourite of the financial markets, will at best make a good deputy president.

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