Delay elections in favor of power-sharing agreements in fragile states, David Cameron says

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By Teresa Welsh

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron is arguing that the international development community must completely rethink the way it approaches fragile states to ensure reforms take hold and such countries do not plunge back into instability. That could include slowing down the holding of elections.


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