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Vol 38 No 23

Published 21st November 1997


Mini-Mobutu okay?

Western donors are doing business with Eyadèma and are likely to accept his election

Africa's strongmen are finding that disapproval from Western donors does not hurt them much. Denis Sassou-Nguesso is once more the ruler of Congo-Brazzaville by force of arms. In Cameroon, Paul Biya retained the presidency after a dubious poll. And in Togo, Gnassingbé Eyadèma's many critics think he will ensure that next year's presidential contest will prolong his 30 year-reign. Eyadèma can claim that western Europe, which has boycotted his regime since 1992, is starting to forget his poor record on human rights.

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