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Vol 46 No 14

Published 8th July 2005


Zambia

Legal losses

Constitutional wrangles worsen, the corruption trials falter but the economy picks up

The proposed new constitution would reduce presidential powers and entrench fundamental rights and freedoms (AC Vol 46 No 3). President Levy Mwanawasa doesn't like it - even though it's drafted by a government-appointed Constitution Review Commission (CRC). Mwanawasa fears that, if the constitution is enacted in time for the 2006 elections, the opposition may team up and defeat him. He won in 2001 under a system which gives victory to the candidate who wins most votes; the CRC proposal is that the winner would need half of the total vote plus one vote, with a second-round run-off between the two front-runners if nobody wins outright on the first try.

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