THE SUDAN: Promise on the Nile

THE SUDAN Promise on the Nile

In the dusty, sun-baked capital of Khartoum, Africa's biggest new nation prepared this week for the Sudan's first general election since independence was formally achieved two years ago. On the spreading veranda of the Grand Hotel, dapper officials gazed out over the heat-shimmering waters of the Blue Nile, sipped whiskies and soda, conversed alternately in the clipped accents of Oxford and Cambridge and the throaty lilt of Arabic. Less prosperous politicos gathered for drinks or coffee at Pagoulatos' Confectionery and Bar Lord Byron.

Across the river, in...

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