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Joao Lourenco and MPLA supporters. (Photo/Manuel de Almeida/EPA).

Angola’s Ruling Rarty Retains Power, But Faces Legitimacy Test As It Also Lost Support Across The Country

Vote tallying was a fiasco. The landslide by long-ruling MPLA was potentially a total fabrication.


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Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (r) and his deputy William Ruto (l) at a campaign rally in Aldai, North Rift in June 2017. (Photo/ Uhuru Kenyatta on Facebook)

Campaign Financing In Africa, Plus Kenya’s Strange Equilibrium Of Laws That Are Written, Then Promptly Trashed

Why does Kenya have a plethora of election laws that it expertly drafts, and then enthusiastically ignores? And why do some other countries have hardly anything on paper, but their practice is far above and beyond?


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Mo Ibrahim at a past event in Addis Ababa. His list of potential winners is short indeed. (Photo/ Flickr/ Mo Ibrahim Foundation)

No Winner For Ibrahim Prize, Again: Just Four Former Presidents In Africa Are Even Eligible

In all other countries, presidents have either died in office, been deposed in a coup or revolution, lost at the ballot, or changed the constitution to extend their term in office.


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An effigy seen at a San Diego protest rally on May 26, 2016 showing Trump with the word "Bigot" taped on. (Wikimedia Commons)

As The Dust On Trump’s Victory Settles, Here’s The Unusual Way It’s Linked To Forces Shaping Africa Today

It seems political hardening is increasingly a global phenomenon. Though the local factors that drive a nativist, authoritarian, or anti-liberal mood might be unique to each country, the broader trends are apparent.


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Election poster in Winneba, Ghana, in 2012. Elections matter, but not for the reason you may think; people actually distrust electoral institutions. (Photo/ Flickr/ Andrew Moore)

The Ideal African President: You Could Run Mad Trying To Figure Out What The People Want

Africans trust agencies of the executive branch (the presidency, army, and police) even more than the legislative branch (MPs and local councils). And they distrust electoral institutions most of all – so why have elections?