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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa delivers a speech next to a statue of the late former president Nelson Mandela in Cape Town in 2020. EPA-EFE/Ruvan Boshoff

South Africa since 1994: a mixed bag of presidents and patchy institution-building

The extent to which presidents adhere to the constitutional written code will have profound implications in relation to their use of executive power.
Former DRC President Joseph Kabila, left, congratulates his succesor, Felix Tshisekedi, on his inauguration in January 2019. EFE-EPA/Kinsela Cunningham

Growing turbulence in DRC’s ruling coalition points to an early divorce

After endless, futile negotiations with the Kabila camp, Tshisekedi appears to have finally recognised the limits of the coalition government and has lost patience.
Former President Mwai Kibaki signs the new constitution in Nairobi in 2010 before former Attorney General Amos Wako. Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

Why Kenya’s constitutional duels are all about power struggles among the elite

Kenya’s constitution-making process has exhibited a gyration pattern that often starts with a belief that governance reforms can rectify the country's problems, but ends up as a power struggle.

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