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24 October, 2007 - Published 16:33 GMT
Chissano wins prize for good African leadership
The former president of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, has been announced as the winner of a five million dollar prize for good African leadership. This report from Mark Doyle:
The five million dollar prize financed by the African businessman Mo Ibrahim is designed to encourage better leadership on a continent where until recently dictators were almost the norm.
The former leader of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, won the award because he steered his country out of civil war and oversaw the introduction of multi-party democracy. Mozambique, which is sandwiched between South Africa and the Indian Ocean, also played a key role in the downfall of the white supremacist apartheid regime in South Africa.
Mr Chissano wasn't at the ceremony in London where the prize was announced, but I met him in Mozambique a few weeks ago. When I asked him what he would do with five million dollars, he laughed and said, "I wouldn't be shy, I would live better and also help those around me."
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