Trouble in Africa’s cities is due to the fact that electoral competition drives leaders to be biased towards rural areas.
Africa is now formally free of colonial rule. Yet, the aim of remembering and furthering the fight for self determination remains relevant as ever.
When protesters strip naked to amplify their political voice, it is often a last resort within very restrictive regimes.
Will President Pierre Nkurunziza peacefully relinquish office after the May poll?
Omar al-Bashir may be gone but Sudan still has a way to go before it enjoys a functioning democracy.
One year after the 2019 general elections in Nigeria, courts and not the electorate, are busy deciding actual winners of the polls.
Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission recently deregistered some political parties, leading to debates over whether this was a step in the right direction.
By pushing their usually valid complaints onto the streets and the courts, opposition leaders deny governments the popular goodwill and international credibility they need to govern effectively.
Will the same electoral commission, so heavily criticised in the court’s ruling, improve its capacity and arrange more credible elections?
Many believe that it is only a return to the country's two-state federation that will end the conflict and break the impasse.
Despite the dismantling of Sudan's ruling party, the country's autocratic leanings still pose a threat to democracy.
For the first time since independence, Namibia's ruling party has suffered electoral setbacks in the midst of economic and political crisis.
The independent strategic review, now before the Security Council, recognises many of the challenges ahead. But it appears overly sanguine about what can be achieved within a three-year period.
Namibia’s political stability so far has been vested in the dominance of Swapo. Those opposing its control face an uphill battle.
The Khamas have dominated Botswana's politics since the 1870s, but they are now a discredited, spent force.
The unstable authoritarian pathway that many post-colonial African states followed was facilitated by the way in which European empires undermined democratic elements within African societies.
During the campaign, partisans of all political stripes were responsible for the violence. But Frelimo supporters were far more aggressive and violent.
Crony capitalism became firmly embedded under Ben Ali, benefiting his family and close friends.
Africa has already felt the effects of Donald Trump's climate change denialism. Recent events are also raising political issues of keen interest among the continent's democrats.
The IFP's constitution provides that the nomination of national office bearers be approved by the branches. But this was not done in the nomination of its new president.