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VII. Southern Africa

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This chapter presents an update on the politics, economy and society in Southern Africa in the year 2008. It covers the events in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In several countries, the year was dominated by elections, which differed in terms of their legitimacy. Due to the death of Zambian President Mwanawasa in office and the subsequent ousting of South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki, SADC had three different chairpersons during the year. The sub-regional body was kept busy with a number of meetings in the reluctant search for a political solution in Zimbabwe, but failed to contribute in a meaningful way to a lasting improvement there. Swaziland and Angola, next to Zimbabwe, remained among the worst performers with regard to democracy and human rights, while elections in all three countries testified further to the authoritarian nature of the dominant political culture.

Keywords:SADC; Southern Africa



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