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Vol 38 No 9

Published 25th April 1997


All fall out

A free-market Premier and an ex-military President have conflicting aims

It is always difficult to satisfy both international donors and home-grown politicians. President Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara (known as IBM), a military man with lukewarm support, is finding out the hard way. In January he picked a new government and a new prime minister, Amadou Boubacar Cissé; (known as ABC) and gave him charge of the Ministries of Finance and Privatisation. Cissé's job is to discipline, and to privatise, the public service; he is therefore accused of purging the public sector and faced with a wave of strikes.

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