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Vol 46 No 25

Published 16th December 2005


Congo-Kinshasa

Cinderella and the generals

European Union envoy Aldo Ajello calls its the 'Cinderella effect'. Congo's well-heeled generals and politicians fear that the elections - like the chimes of midnight for Cinderella - will signal the end of their wealth and influence under the unwieldy power-sharing arrangements. Some sabotage the transition, others want to loot it before voting starts.

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