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Former president of Ghana John Mahama (R) with members of the Commonwealth observer mission to Kenya in 2017. (Photo/Commonwealth/Flickr).

To The Music Of ‘Democracy Is Dying’, 12 African Countries Head To The Polls In 2019: How Will It End?

There is proliferation of progressive forces at all levels of African politics. They are exposing and combating corruption and other abuses of power.


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Bobi Wine (R) campaigns with Kassiano Wadri (L) in Arua two weeks ago. Wadri won, but both were arrested and allegedly tortured after a fracas followed the vote. (Photo/BW/FB).

Uganda: Who Is Bobi Wine And Why Is He Such A Pain In The Neck For Long-time Ruler Museveni?

“Since parliament has failed to come to the ghetto, then we shall bring the ghetto to parliament”, said the musician turned populist politician.


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Blast from an anti-Mugabe past. (Photo/ Eric Fidler/Flickr).

Ahead Of July 30 Vote, Can Zimbabwe Finally Get Rid Of Its History Of Violence And Media Repression?

Mnangagwa has backtracked from Mugabe’s more confrontational rhetoric. Zimbabwe’s ruling party now uses cliches like “fresh start”, “new dispensation”, and “open for business”. The talk has been matched by some action.


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Some committed democrats held their nose and welcomed the coup against Mugabe.

Smoke And Mirrors: Five Things We Learnt About Democracy In Africa In 2017

The next 12 months are not likely to be kind to African democracy.