The African Union's policy offers no wriggle room for a discretionary response to coups, a scourge that imperils the consolidation of democracy.
Democratic and authoritarian countries are moving further away from each other.
For many Zimbabweans Robert Mugabe will remain a contested figure.
Steinhoff was the darling of investors, asset managers, analysts and financial journalists. But its success was built on shaky foundations.
President Paul Biya's credibility and legitimacy are increasingly being tarnished, amid growing support for opposition candidates.
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.