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South Africa’s democratic era presidents, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe, Jacob Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa. Penguin Random House South Africa

South Africa needs strategic leadership to weather its storms. Its presidents have not been up to the task

Mandela, the first president of a democratic South Africa, made big strategic choices – not necessarily the right ones, but certainly ones that were befitting of the times.
Lesotho Revolution for Prosperity party leader Sam Matekane (centre), Alliance of Democrats deputy leader Professor Ntoi Rapapa (L) and Movement for Economic Change leader Selibe Mochoboroane. Molise Molise/AFP via Getty Images

Lesotho elections: newcomers score impressive win, but politics will still be unstable

The new governing coalition enters office amid euphoria and excitement. There are great expectations it will end corruption and fix the ailing economy.
Couy Griffin, a former county commissioner in Otero County, N.M., rides a horse in New York City in May 2020. Gotham/Getty Images

A New Mexico official who joined the Capitol attacks is barred from politics – but the little-known law behind the removal has some potential pitfalls for democracy

Other countries disqualify political officials and prevent them from holding office more often than the US does. There are benefits and potential risks to using this kind of legal tactic.
A Department of Justice photo shows of documents seized during its Mar-a-Lago search. Department of Justice via Associated Press

Trump faces possible obstruction of justice charges for concealing classified government documents – 2 important things to know about what this means

A government filing on August 30, 2022, alleges that efforts were likely taken “to obstruct the government’s investigation” into classified documents held at Donald Trump’s Florida home.
Mar-a-Lago is shown on Aug. 16, 2022, a week after the FBI’s raid. Nathan Posner/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago lawsuit spotlights how difficult search warrants are to challenge – by a criminal suspect or an ex-president – until charges are brought

Trump’s lawsuit against the FBI has been criticized as baseless. But it spotlights a loophole in federal law that doesn’t protect people’s rights when they are subjected to a search warrant.

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