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Vol 49 No 20

Published 3rd October 2008

South Africa

A wounded presidency

President Motlanthe has a tough mandate: to heal a broken party and hold back an economic downturn

The soft-spoken Kgalema Motlanthe, elevated from the Deputy Presidency of the African National Congress to the Presidency of South Africa, faces a tough job. Amid bitterness, Thabo Mbeki was forced to resign, taking half the cabinet with him.The party’s divisions are deepening still further; world markets are jittery – but at least the gold price is up.

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