Tunisia’s democratic backslide demonstrates how autocrats can use constitutional cover to entrench authoritarianism.
Odinga’s legal petitions have entrenched the rule of law and and deepened democracy in Kenya.
That there is no clear favourite to win shows the campaigning has been relatively free and competitive.
Patronage politics, a history of violent conflict and high-stakes elections increase the risks of poll violence in Kenya.
Somalia’s big test will be how to marry the social power of the clan system with a democratic future.
The obstacles the new government must confront to earn the confidence of the people are challenging.
Russia is attempting to export its governance model of an authoritarian, kleptocratic and transactional regime onto Africa.
Twitter will be part of many Kenyan candidates’ campaign activities ahead of the August 2022 elections.
The emerging partisan politics and the polarisation it creates is a new threat for Tanzania.
Distrust of the electoral commission runs deep in the opposition, which may well lead to increased tensions ahead of and following the polls.
The current tensions have been driven by a delay in elections.The only feasible solution is to ensure that they take place.
Opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyangulanyi has repeatedly been underestimated by government supporters and critics since he first ran for parliament.
Is authoritarianism on the rise on the continent? Or is democracy doing well? Nic Cheeseman discusses.
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.
For all of the shortcomings of Nyerere’s regime, his ideas continue to inspire Tanzanians fighting for a more equal and democratic future, over 20 years after his death.
Social media reach is greatest among younger voters, who have integrated online platforms more closely into their personal lives.
Mkapa, who penned an autobiography, had an impressive record in building state institutions. But his reign was marked by killings and political suppression.
For democracy to work in Kenya the country needs good leadership. Politicians must uphold the constitution to infuse trust and confidence in state institutions.
Even in the most tense and dangerous of moments, the elite has found a way to come back together.
Political legacies generated during authoritarian rule have a tendency to transcend into the multiparty era.