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Chapter Five 1999 Post-Elections Period - Leicester Research ...

Chapter Five 1999 Post-Elections Period - Leicester Research ...

147 As for the MCP/AFORD

147 As for the MCP/AFORD activists and their top leaders, the results were apparently more than disappointing – they were infuriating. Even as I write this line some parts of the country are seething with their rage. It was this same narrative which dominated the NPL stable‟s moral evaluation of the frame (See Table 5.5). Table 5.5: The Electoral Process Frame in the NPL newspapers Problem Definition Presenters Paragraphs Articles Opposition unwilling to accept election outcome Moral Evaluation NPL 8 (66.7%) 6 The opposition are bad losers are fuelling the violence NPL/ Chronicle 4 (33.3%) 4 Total 12 (100%) 10 5.2.3 Consequences Frame The Consequences Frame discussed the negative consequences of the outcomes of the 1999 elections on the citizenry. The narrative surrounding this frame revolved around the perceived incompetence of the UDF-led government and how that would affect the livelihoods of citizens. Observations in this frame included the negative consequences on the economic and political life as well as the perceived regional and tribal well- spring of the UDF‟s development policy for the country. In total, 35 paragraphs were coded to this frame representing 24.1% of the 145 coded paragraphs in the case study in the newspapers‟ corpus made up of 51 articles. The 35 coded paragraphs for this frame were drawn from 12 article representing 23.5% of the 51 article in the newspapers‟ corpus in this case study (See Table 5.1).

148 The Problem Definition and the Causal Interpretation component of this frame have been combined due to over-laps and lack of clearly distinguishable differences. This combined component has 16 paragraphs of the 35 in the frame (See Table 5.6). Another distinguishing feature of this frame is that the NPL stable chose not to comment on this Table 5.6: The Consequences Frame in the newspapers corpus Problem Definition Presenters Paragraphs Articles Retributive firing of civil servants by an arrogant government BNL/Chronicle 5 (38.5%) 4 Escalation of violence BNL/Chronicle 4 (30.8%) 4 Regionalism in development programmes BNL/Chronicle 4 (30.8%) 4 Total Moral Evaluation 13 (100%) 12 The role of nonpartisan statesmen BNL/Chronicle 4 (30.8%) 4 The government has poor economic priorities BNL/Chronicle 3 (23.1%) 3 Govt. and parliament should serve all citizens BNL/Chronicle 6 (46.2%) 6 Total Treatment Recommendation 13 (100%) 13 Training of parliamentarians & a strong opposition BNL/ Chronicle 4 (44.4%) 4 Relevant economic priorities & better advisers BNL/Chronicle 5 (55.5%) 5 Total 9 (100%) 9 Frame Total 35 34 The newspapers used a series of intersecting arguments which coalesced into one theme that blamed most of the country‟s woes on the re-election of the UDF government. One major complaint of the newspapers was that the UDF was removing civil servants from the civil service who did not show loyalty to it as a party in retribution. For example, in five paragraphs, the newspapers alleged that the restructuring of government departments leading to retrenchment of some civil servants

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