Tanzania: Procurement Scandal Takes Down Prime Minister

Prime Minister Edward Lowassa has resigned Friday, following the completion Wednesday of a Parliamentary investigation into his dealings with the supposedly U.S.-based Richmond Development Company (RDC). The company turned out to be non-existent, with assets barely more than a post-office box. The government’s ill-fated hiring of RDC to provide badly needed electrical power plants was…

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Russia: Election Monitors Pulling Out

Europe’s primary election watchdog, ODIHR, is withdrawing its Russian election monitoring mission, citing unacceptable government restrictions. The press release here. Media coverage here. The press release begins: WARSAW, 7 February 2008 – The OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) regrets that restrictions imposed on its planned election observation mission will not allow…

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