Investors, serious and dubious, are targeting the country, whichever party proves victorious on 30 July
For the country's 5.7 million registered voters this is the highest-stakes election since 1980, as much for its conduct as its political outcome. A credible and peaceful poll will allow a slow resolution of the country's US$10 billion debt burden, including $2 bn. of arrears to international financial institutions. More immediately, a free election would trigger substantive flows of private and foreign government finance to shore up the economy, locked down by a foreign exchange and monetary crisis. Matters of trust, security and the economy top the voters' concerns, according to the pollsters. All the more so, given the wholesale theft in diamond and other mining operations over the past two decades and the suborning of the civil service.
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