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Vol 40 No 2

Published 22nd January 1999


Trial and error

Faction fighting and an embarassing ex-dictator pose problems for the President

Backstabbing is getting more vicious among barons of the ruling Alliance pour la Démocratie au Mali (Adema). Few doubt that Adema will win the presidential election in 2002 by a walk-over. The fight within the ruling party is about who will be its flag-bearer to succeed President Alpha Oumar Konaré (AC Vol 39 No 16). The ramshackle Coordination des Partis Politiques de l’Opposition (Coppo) is badly split along lines of age and personal enmity, not to mention political strategy. Opposition veterans, including Mohammed Lamine Traoré of the Mouvement pour l’Indépendance, la Renaissance et l’Intégration Africaine (MIRIA), a left-wing breakaway from Adema, accuse it of establishing a new one-party state since the near-total opposition boycott of the botched 1997 elections. Others complain that this argument now alienates potential voters.

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