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Vol 51 No 7

Published 2nd April 2010


A vote about corruption

Amid corruption concerns, a power struggle is growing within the governing party

It is an overwhelming certainty that the governing Chama cha Mapinduzi will win elections on the mainland again in seven months' time. Yet behind the scenes, there is a battle for power within the party, fuelled by growing concern about grand corruption and the influence of business interests on Parliament. Politics in Zanzibar will be still less predictable. The question is whether the islands' CCM government under President Amani Karume will keep its promise of free and fair elections, as agreed last year with Seif Shariff Hamad, leader of the opposition Civic United Front (CUF).

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