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The opposition in power. Is Condé breaking the mould in Guinea?

  • Bram Posthumus
Date
Thursday 31 March 2016
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Alpha Condé is the fourth long-standing leader of the political opposition who has made it to the presidency in West Africa. Their fortunes have been very mixed indeed, depending on where you stand. Two of them appear to have been primarily driven by a sense of revenge on their previous political tormentors, coupled with an extreme incentive to perform (Abdoulaye Wade) and a scorched earth tactic as regards any and all previous and current political adversaries and their backers (Laurent Gbagbo). The government of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf appeared initially successful but has since then descended into the familiar Liberian evils of corruption and cronyism. Is Condé breaking the mould?

Bram Posthumus will be giving this seminar on the occasion of the upcoming release of his book Guinea, Masks, Music and Minerals.

This is an Africa Today seminar.

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