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Vol 49 No 4

Published 15th February 2008


Zambia

The Hillary effect

Zambia's first lady, Maureen Kakubo Mwanawasa, is seen as the power behind the throne of President Levy Mwanawasa, and many believe that he wants a third term in five years' time - via his wife, whose new nickname is Hillary Clinton. Her alleged ambition divides the governing Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), as she tours the country handing out food and clothing on behalf of the Maureen Mwanawasa Community Initiative. Endorsements of her bid get unusually heavy coverage in the state-run and private newspapers.

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