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Vol 42 No 6

Published 23rd March 2001


Zambia

Third time unlucky

The President's plan to stand again divides the nation and his party

President Frederick Chiluba's bid for a third term is in trouble, with three quarrelling factions in the ruling Movement for Multi-party Democracy (AC Vol 41 No 24). The ultra-loyalists to 'the Boss' (Chiluba's preferred sobriquet, although there are plenty of others) want him to have five more years without conditions. Others back a third term only if Chiluba guarantees to step down soon after the election to let them in. The remaining MMD activists insist that the constitution be respected and that Chiluba must relinquish the presidency.

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