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Vol 49 No 20

Published 3rd October 2008


Another ethnic scramble

A well-intentioned reform threatens the country's regional parties and alliances

The political parties are waking up to the potentially ruinous implications of the new Political Parties Act. Passed into law in the run-up to last year's ill-fated general election, it comes into effect on 1 January 2009. Its main purpose was to make the parties, hitherto little more than ethnic vehicles for Big Man ambitions, reflect a national outlook.

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