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Catfish and Cod
Thursday, July 17, 2003
Who's behind the coup in Sao Tome?

The Foreign Minister thinks it was South Africa. On the other hand, South African President Mbeki says he wants to restore the old government. Nigeria wants to lead a military expedition of their own -- a way to re-negotiate that offshore oil deal with Sao Tome?

The coup leader, under international pressure, says he plans to call new elections. Public opinion seems to support the coup, but tentatively. People remember the threat of economic sanctions in 1995, and island countries are particularly vulnerable to such threats.

Previously: This can't be good...