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Vol 38 No 11

Published 23rd May 1997

New arrivals – north and south

Tony Blair's modernised Labour Party has come to power at a time of rapid change and growing hopes for Africa

The departure from power of the British Conservative Party (after 18 years) on 2 May and that of Mobutu Sese Seko (after 32 years) on 17 May, in different ways, mean significant changes for Whitehall's Africa policy. The new team in Whitehall – Foreign Secretary Robin Cook; Minister for International Development Clare Short; Minister for Africa Tony Lloyd; and Minister for North Africa and Middle East Derek Fatchett – has quickly committed itself to placing 'human rights at the heart' of foreign policy and also to a refusal to sell arms to governments which might use them for internal repression.

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