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Vol 44 No 14

Published 11th July 2003


The nearly government

The latest political deal holds out a hope of stabilising the east after five years of horror

The politicians missed the 30 June deadline for a new national government and army. However (under heavy United Nations' pressure) they stitched up a last-minute deal and the presidents are to be sworn in on 17 July. The Belgian, British and French foreign ministers, plus European Union High Representative Javier Solana and Aldo Ajello, EU Special Representative to the Great Lakes, are expected. The armed forces chief is to be sworn in first, on 14 July, the government is to meet for the first time on 19 July and parliament is to hold its first session on 19 July.

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