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Botswana-South Africa row tests regional balance of power

Relations between Botswana and South Africa have become tense after the former hired a right-wing advocacy group to sue in the latter’s courts over millions of dollars allegedly laundered and intended to finance a coup. The move emphasizes the South African government’s tenuous grip on power and the deteriorating rule of law. Botswana may hope the move ends up raising its regional clout, but both countries may lose out in the end.

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