The end of an era?
Mugabe and his powerful wife have been overthrown in an apparent coup orchestrated by Zimbabwe's vice president. Will the country transition into democracy or get strapped with yet another dictator?
Ukrainians mark the first anniversary of the Orange Revolution in 2005.
South Africa's governing party is invoking concepts and emulating strategies first developed by authoritarian regimes in Eurasia.
US President-elect Donald Trump has displayed behaviour that will resonate with autocrats in Africa.
Besides worries that Donald Trump might not make Africa a priority of his presidency, his temperament and views bode ill for democracy on the continent.
A policewoman carries a Burundi flag during a protest against President Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term.
The competition between the two authoritarian regimes has become a fact that, given the regional context, is here to last. It justifies repression and indefinitely postpones democratic expression.
In the 1990s Paul Kagame of Rwanda, along with Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia, were considered the democratic darlings of Africa.
Africa's democratic promise of the 1990s has lost its shine. Hopes for accountable rule have faded in Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda. All have blocked the path to meaningful popular empowerment.
Ethiopians reading newspapers in the capital Addis Ababa. The country’s media is among the most repressed on the continent.
Press freedom has changed little in the past decade. If the African Union is to commit to the principles of democracy, it needs to do more to uphold freedom of expression and protects its journalists.
A woman cheers during Freedom Day celebrations in South Africa.
South Africa's transition to democracy was based on the values of inclusive politics, reconciliation, human rights and constitutionalism. Twenty-two years on, how has the country fared?
Science and innovation can improve the world –but scientists have to help ensure strong democracies too.
African mathematicians and scientists have an important role to play in establishing and protecting a democratic continent.
More South Africans are taking to the streets to hold government accountable.
South Africans' faith in the post-apartheid system of democracy is clearly slipping - and some even suggest that a return to apartheid would be a good thing.
Nigeria’s newly appointed government ministers attend their swearing-in ceremony in Abuja.
No-one imagined that it would take Muhammadu Buhari more than 100 days to form a cabinet. But, then again, Nigeria is no ordinary country and it has its own inherent logic.