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Vol 46 No 22

Published 4th November 2005


Armed and dangerous

Voting in Zanzibar was again rigged by the ruling party and its security forces

The government could pay a heavy price for its decision to declare the victory in Zanzibar of incumbent President Amani Abeid Karume of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi, with 53.2 per cent the vote in the obviously rigged 30 October elections. His rival Seif Shariff Hamad from the opposition Civic United Front was declared to have won 46.1 per cent of the votes but refuses to accept defeat. The dispute has already prompted more clashes and will tarnish the expected legitimate victory of the CCM in the nation-wide elections next month.

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