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Vol 42 No 18

Published 14th September 2001


Zambia

Puppet or prince?

The ruling MMD's new flagbearer seems too close to Chiluba and too far from the voters

Levy Mwanawasa's emergence last month as the ruling Movement for Multi-party Democracy's candidate for president is the least bad option for incumbent Frederick Chiluba, who has no intention of leaving gracefully. Having finally abandoned his run at a third term as national president, he wants to hold on to the party presidency as a lever on power. However, Chiluba's unpopularity could both undermine Mwanawasa, his favoured candidate, and split the party again.

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