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Vol 42 No 12

Published 15th June 2001

The Blair mission

After a second landslide, Britain's PM promises more time for Africa this term

Five days after the Labour Party's landslide victory in the 7 June parliamentary elections, South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki arrived in London and was the first visiting head of state to congratulate Prime Minister Tony Blair in person. The events are unrelated: the Mbeki trip had been arranged (and nearly scuppered after a contretemps over Zimbabwe) six months before the election date was decided.

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