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Vol 41 No 18

Published 15th September 2000


Mali

Playing the offside rule

The football cup, botched polls and graft threaten Konaré's political legacy

In 18 months' time, Mali is supposed to run two big events almost simultaneously - the African Nations' Cup and a presidential election. Malians may find the football more interesting; the chaos of the last general elections, in 1997, bodes ill for both events. President Alpha Oumar Konaré ('AOK') wants a successful outcome, hoping to go down as a statesman on the lines of Tanzania's late President Julius Nyerere.

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