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Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah speaks after submitting his candidacy papers for the presidential election last November. The poll was postponed. EPA-EFE/Stringer

Why elections will not solve Libya’s deep-rooted problems

The biggest challenge is that the government does not have a monopoly over the legitimate use of force.
King Mswati III of eSwatini, Africa’s last absolute monarch, is facing growing demands for democracy and rule of law. EPA-EFE/Yeshiel Panchia

Africans want consensual democracy – why is that reality so hard to accept?

There is more support for democracy among African people than is often recognised. Yet this can be undermined by election rigging and is lower in countries like Lesotho, Mozambique and South Africa.
Supporters of Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice opposition party rally at Maskel Square in Addis Ababa, on June 16, 2021. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images

Amid war and instability, why the Ethiopian election matters

A new government with popular legitimacy will have power to address lingering political, economic and security challenges.

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