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First Lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma hosts Zambian First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata, 26 Feb 2013. (Photo/ Government SA)

African Strongmen Marry Beauty, And The Democrats Choose Ordinary Girls

The beautiful First Ladies probably become some kind of political bling, to make up for an autocrat’s democratic deficit. Democratic presidents, on the other hand, don’t need to put a shine on their legitimacy. They get it at the polls.