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Published 4th February 2000

Vol 41 No 3


Sudan

Falling out, falling in

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The row over Turabi leaves the National Islamic Front still in charge. It may now announce a referendum for the South

The National Islamic Front is trying harder than ever to woo foreigners and the opposition, following the noisy quarrel between the NIF founder and leader, Hassan Abdullah el Turabi, and the general he promoted to president, Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir (AC Vol 41 No 1). Even while the insults were flying, General Omer insisted he had declared a state of emergency on 12 December mainly to 'save the dialogue' with the opposition and with other governments. However, Omer's faction of the NIF is no less avowedly Islamist or less determined to prosecute the war against southern Sudanese than Hassan el Turabi's faction. Since the drama erupted, Khartoum has signed pacts with Eritrea, Ethiopia and Uganda, has successfully solicited backing from Egypt, plus Algeria, Libya, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, and has praised a surprised United States for its 'change of policy'. Now it is stressing its attachment to the free market and liberalisation, and putting state-owned corporations up for sale.


The men in charge

Lieutenant General Omer Hassan el Beshir has for the first time named a 'presidential assistant', plus four presidential advisors, 25 ministers, 19 state (junior) ministers and 25 ...


Rape of the Nuba

The United Nations may soon start flying aid to Nuba civilians in areas held by the Sudan People's Liberation Army. A UN-SPLA meeting on 31 January in Nairobi confirmed that relief...


Down to work

President Mbeki's new team is better equipped and coordinated - they'll need to be

The first real post-apartheid government will start work after President Thabo Mbeki opens parliament on 4 February, focusing at last on economic and administrative reform, rather ...


Falling out, falling in

The government is doing well but the opposition's problems are growing

After four years of startling growth, Mozambique is set to be the world's fastest growing economy this year (according to the Economist Intelligence Unit). Moreover, the presidenti...


Kaguta yekka!

President Museveni's popularity cannot hide falling support for 'no-party' politics

The ruling National Resistance Movement says it's not a political party, that political parties are unnecessary, divisive and promote ethnic separatism. It proposes a referendum, t...



Pointers

Russian steal

At least five major Western banks were involved in the transfer, in 1996 and 1997, of 973 million Deutschemark (US$512 mn.) of Nigerian state funds to accounts linked to the son of...


UN-convincing

Almost all the participants claimed victory in the United Nations Security Council's special session on Congo-Kinshasa, convened by United States' Ambassador Richard Holbrooke on 2...


Positively 4th street

President Abdou Diouf's plans for a fourth term in office face two big obstacles in the 27 February elections: growing militancy and coordination among the opposition parties and F...