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Vol 39 No 9

Published 1st May 1998


Marking time

The government is buying time, the opposition is wasting it and the human costs are mounting

The opposition National Democratic Alliance has spent months giving a free run to the ruling National Islamic Front. But this is a lull in the conflict, not a stalemate. The government tells Western and Arab companies and governments that it's staying in power and is open for business. The NDA spoils its own chances by appearing to be about to do a deal with the NIF and by failing the political and military tests of a government-in-waiting.

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