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Vol 40 No 15

Published 23rd July 1999


Mali

Power cuts

Ambitious rivals cut the President down to size while Toumani Touré waits in the wings

President Alpha Oumar Konaré wants to go down in history. Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta wants to succeed him as President. Both are in danger of being disappointed. Recent months have been grim for Konaré and his increasingly creaky government. Even political friends claim that he risks being overwhelmed by corruption and backstabbing in his ruling Alliance pour la Démocratie au Mali (Adema) - and by incompetence at the national power utility, Energie du Mali, which is inflicting unprecedented power cuts at the height of the hot season.

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