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18 Jan 2000 description

In 1999, the range of conflicts extending diagonally across Africa from Angola in the southwest to Ethiopia and Eritrea in the northeast continued to generate new humanitarian disasters and to pose formidable obstacles to hopes for continental advance. National elections were held in South Africa, Nigeria and thirteen other African countries, reinforcing democratic practices in large areas of the continent despite serious questions about the fairness of the proceedings in Nigeria and several other countries.