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Vol 50 No 25

Published 18th December 2009


Zambia

Prospering yet parlous

The economy is looking up but scandals and regional tensions upset the governing party’s election hopes

With copper revenue rising, poverty falling and farms thriving, the fortunes of President Rupiah Banda’s Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) government should be on the up, with hopes of a comfortable win in the 2011 general elections. But that is not the case. Oppositionists have rounded on the government for incompetence and corruption, and some of the less discreet diplomats in Lusaka agree.

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