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Published 13th October 2000

Vol 41 No 20


Sudan

No room at the Security Council

The NIF regime fails to shed its pariah status after its bruising battle to win support at the United Nations

As we went to press, Sudanese were still celebrating Khartoum's failure to get elected to the United Nations Security Council on 10 October. This is the same Council which imposed sanctions on the National Islamic Front government in 1996 for its role in the assassination attempt against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at the Organisation of African Unity summit in Ethiopia (AC Vol 41 No 13). The NIF (now officially the National Congress but still called NIF) badly wanted the seat, in the hope that it would give it international respectability to go with its new-found oil wealth, which has been drawing European and Asian businesses to Khartoum. It contrived to get itself proposed by the OAU as Africa's candidate, won Arab League support and portrayed itself as a victim of United States' imperialism. In Africa, only Uganda publicly opposed it, although many states said privately they would vote against Khartoum. In February, NIF founder Hassan Abdullah el Turabi had boasted that Khartoum had 'financed elections which were won by African Muslim presidents while the stupid people of the West were not aware.' In the UN contest, Mauritius won in four rounds by 113 to 55. The Security Council will not after all be chaired by Sudan's UN Ambassador, El Fatih Mohamed Ahmed Erwa, a former security major who was in Juba in 1992 at the height of government atrocities against civilians.


Dropping Kabila

Regional powers led Angola are pressuring Congo's leader to talk peace

Secret discussions between regional leaders in Kampala, Kigali, Luanda and Paris hold the best hope for peace in Congo-Kinshasa. Their common theme is growing impatience with Presi...


A military makeover

At least Obasanjo is winning in his old stamping ground - the military

As political crisis succeeds political crisis - insurgency in the Niger Delta, Yoruba separatism, Sharia and born-again Biafra campaigners - a new battle for power and influence is...


Policemen plod on

Some tough technocrats are running the anti-crime policy but the police force lags behind

South Africans feel unsafe. Fear of criminals demoralises people and is a major cause of emigration. High expectations therefore attach to the first black Commissioner of Police, J...



Pointers

Pride of lions

Cameroon's extraordinary national football team, the Indomitable Lions, has done President Paul Biya some big favours. The Lions beat Nigeria's Super Eagles in Lagos to win the Afr...


Racist rage

Racist hysteria against blacks in Libya has dented Colonel Moammar el Gadaffi's ambition to create a 'United States of Africa' (USA) next year. He proclaimed his plan to July's Org...


Democratic deficit

Egyptians are being offered the most democratic parliamentary elections since President Anwar Sadat toyed with multiparty politics in the mid-1970s.


Laying off hands

Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, healer and exorcist in Rome for 18 years, has been silently sacked as Vatican Special Delegate to the Pontifical Commission for Migration and T...