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Vol 47 No 9

Published 28th April 2006


Where sick men rule

Mwanawasa's apparent recovery does not resolve worries about elections - and prosecutions

The return of President Levy Mwanawasa on 21 April, three weeks after his departure for emergency medical treatment in Britain, was a big relief for his supporters. His stroke, it seemed, had apparently not been so severe as to make him unfit for office, although the acting President, Lupando Mwape, turned down the request for a medical inquiry, proposed by opposition leader Michael Sata of the Patriotic Front. A crisis committee of senior ministers and security chiefs was set up to manage the situation and consider how to proceed should the President fail to recover.

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