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Vol 50 No 9

Published 1st May 2009


The fight over the basic law

None of the parties are as yet prepared to derail the coalition but all are relentlessly probing each other’s weaknesses

Tendai Biti did not mince his words. 'The power-sharing accord is a poor document - it's a strange amalgam of extreme nationalism and things we like such as democracy and human rights,' the Finance Minister told the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington on 27 April. The vagueness was deliberate, he argued. 'It's up to us to make it a working agreement.' Biti, who has been campaigning for foreign financial support, and his opposition Movement for Democratic Change insist that progress is being made, both in stabilising the economy (see Box) and more slowly, on political reform (AC Vol 50 Nos 7 & 8).

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