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Clockwise from top left: Muhammadu Buhari (Nigeria), Morgan Tsvangirai (Zimbabwe), Nana Akufo-Addo (Ghana), Kizza Besigye (Uganda). Centre: Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal).

Raila Odinga Named Main Opposition Candidate In Kenya’s August Poll: Lessons From His ‘Kindred Spirits’ In Africa

Experiences of opposition candidates, including Senegal’s Wade, Nigeria’s Buhari, Ghana’s Akufo-Addo, Zimbabwe’s Tsvangirai and Uganda’s Besigye, have been mixed


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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?