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Vol 38 No 6

Published 14th March 1997

Democracy deficit

South African President Nelson Mandela, rushing from a crisis meeting on Zaïre, told off his colleagues for being late for meetings. He wants African governments to be prompter in their response to their peoples' wishes, too. The Roundtable on Democracy and Good Governance in Botswana (23-27 February) was an opportunity for frank speaking and won praise for its proposer, the Commonwealth Secretary General, Emeka Anyaoku (whose native Nigeria is suspended from the Commonwealth for its undemocratic failings).

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