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Three of Africa's big leaders—Mbeki, Obasanjo and Museveni—need a successor. Is it time for more women leaders on the continent?

By Richard Dowden   December 2005

Political storms ahead

Africa’s year is drawing to a close. Will the G8 promises of more aid, debt relief and a better trade deal be followed up and delivered? Watch this space. But is Africa ready for a great leap forward? The whole project is based on the premise that Africa is poised to take off—all it needs is the money. I wish it were true, but Africa needs decades of steady change, not a sudden big push. Are the Make Poverty History campaigners ready for the long march, harrying governments and prodding institutions? Getting them to stick with…

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