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Vol 39 No 2

Published 23rd January 1998


Mozambique

Peace pains

Local elections will help democracy as the economy booms - amid high unemployment

The electoral register is complete, the campaign has opened and the municipal elections due on 29 May should signal another step in the transition to normality. Once dismissed abroad as a 'basket case' savaged by a brutal civil war, famine and disease, Mozambique is achieving some of Africa's most impressive economic growth rates. The memory is slowly fading of the fifteen-year war, which cost up to a million lives and an estimated US$30 billion in damage to the economy. The United Nations now holds up Mozambique as a model transition from civil war to national reconciliation - and from state control of the economy to widespread privatisation.

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