A controversial case of contract frustration in the lithium mining sector highlights the politicisation of the extractives industry ahead of the upcoming elections in 2024. So far, mostly Russian and Chinese entities are being targeted in contract cancellations or license withdrawals, which feed into widespread grievances over environmental and socio-economic concerns over the mining and energy sectors. The ruling party will have to intervene in high profile cases to avoid the political opposition from capitalising on such issues at the next elections.

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