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The Mo Ibrahim prize

By ASH Smyth  

Last year, Prospect broke the story that the Sudanese mobile phone entrepreneur Mo Ibrahim was to sponsor a prize for African leaders who improve the governance of their country. Every year, the winner will be awarded $500,000 for the subsequent ten years, followed by a lifetime pension worth $200,000 a year.

Yesterday, the first award went to Joaqium Chissano, former president of Mozambique. Chissano was a solid choice, and will have caused little surprise. Despite having been in power for 20 years—perhaps not quite the unambiguous signal to African leaders that commentators were expecting—the former president was an ideal candidate.…

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