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Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s replacement as leader of Inkatha Freedom Party after 44 marked the end of an era. GCIS/Flickr

Politician’s succession sparks democracy debate in South Africa

The IFP's constitution provides that the nomination of national office bearers be approved by the branches. But this was not done in the nomination of its new president.
Robert Mugabe during his swearing-in ceremony in Harare, 2008. The former Zimbabwean president has died aged 95. EPA-EFE

Robert Mugabe: as divisive in death as he was in life

Where should we place Mugabe among the pantheon of African nationalists who led their countries to independence?
Unyielding protesters put an end to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s 26-year old authoritarian rule. EPA-EFE/Stringer

Popular protests pose a conundrum for the AU’s opposition to coups

The role of the military in toppling authoritarian rulers, after intensive popular protests, raises questions about how the AU's policy against coups should be applied.

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