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A strong judiciary isn’t enough to keep democracy in place. Kenya’s Supreme Court decision nullifying the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta is a case in point. Reuters/Baz Ratner

A year of illusions: five things we learnt about democracy in Africa in 2017

The past 12 months provided further evidence of the danger of democratic backsliding in Africa. But it also saw powerful presidents suffer embarrassing setbacks in a number of countries.
Congolese soldiers arrest anti-government protester in North Kivu province. Kenny Katombe/Reuters

2017: the year the Democratic Republic of Congo would like to forget

President Joseph Kabila was supposed to step down at the end of his term in 2016. By clinging on to power he threw the Democratic Republic of Congo into a vicious cycle of deadly conflict.
French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to French counter-terrorism forces in northern Mali, in May. EPA/Christophe Petit Tesson

What drives instability in Africa and what can be done about it

Some African countries present a facade of democracy. The absence of substantive democracy is contributing to instability on the continent.

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