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Vol 42 No 4

Published 23rd February 2001


Revolution revisited

Zanzibar's old passions have upset a nation proud of peace

Oh dear! The media had exaggerated reports of Zanzibar's troubles, some foreign embassies were biased in favour of the opposition Civic United Front (CUF), foreign election observers had not spent long enough in the country to appreciate that the recent island elections were free and fair (AC Vol 41 Nos 22 & 23). That was the angry response of Tanzania's President Benjamin Mkapa, Chairman of the governing Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM), in a recent BBC interview; he conceded, though, that recent killings in Zanzibar had soiled Tanzania's good image.

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