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Published 25th June 1999

Vol 40 No 13


Sudan

The NIF goes on a charm offensive

Europe takes Khartoum's promises of dialogue and an 'oil bonanza' seriously – unlike Washington and the Sudanese themselves

Last week in Khartoum, where mixed student outings have been common for decades, 25 students who went on a picnic were publicly flogged for 'immoral' behaviour. The girls were found guilty of wearing trousers. Fines were imposed of up to 50,000 Sudanese pounds (US$20), a large sum in today's impoverished Sudan. More seriously, government forces continue to drive Southern civilians from their homes. Hundreds were crossing into Kenya at Lokichoggio daily in early June, fleeing government bombing around Chukundum. In mid-June, the United Nations reported that some 2,000 Dinka people from northern Bahr el Ghazal had trudged into Khor Omer camp at Ed Daein, Southern Darfur. Government forces continue to torch Nuban villages.


Mbeki the mystery

The new cabinet reveals little about the new President's political style

Now centre-stage as President, Thabo Mbeki still keeps South Africans guessing. His patchwork cabinet is dominated by ministers who served Nelson Mandela, and expanded to 29 from 2...


Powers behind the throne

Much more striking than the cabinet reshuffle are the big structural changes in government under President Thabo Mbeki. His office denies that he is creating an 'imperial presidenc...


Close shave

After narrowly winning a second term, President Muluzi faces tough opponents

Close-run and bad-tempered, Malawi's 15 June elections have sparked off several street confrontations and plenty of litigation. However, President Bakili Muluzi looks set to ride t...


Chissano tastes success

As elections approach, the President is far more popular than his party

President Joaquim Chissano is determined to go to the polls before the end of the millennium, claiming most of the credit for Mozambique's reputation as Africa's new success story....



Pointers

Gem gumshoes

The United Nations is at last getting serious about the massive diamond-smuggling operations which nourish the rebellion of Jonas Savimbi's União Nacional para a Independ&ec...


Bienvenue à Alger

After some tense weeks following the controversial elections, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is promising a peace deal facilitated by an improbable alliance between radical Islamis...


Rival refugees

Those in Africa who'd hoped the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's bombing of former Yugoslavia presaged a tougher line on rogue states and human rights abusers are disappointed....