For the first time since independence, Namibia’s ruling party has suffered electoral setbacks in the midst of economic and political crisis.
In a country where there are more than 80 ethnic groups, the territorial solution isn’t a feasible solution.
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.
It’s time for a new approach as it becomes increasingly clear that protests won’t topple the Zanu-PF government.
The election’s result endorses other evidence that trust in South Africa’s constitutional settlement and its political institutions is steadily declining.
Africa’s democracies have grown stronger during a period in which the world is backsliding on democracy.
The role of the military in toppling authoritarian rulers, after intensive popular protests, raises questions about how the AU’s policy against coups should be applied.
The biggest threats are the concentration of media ownership and attempts to legislate the online media environment.
Democratic and authoritarian countries are moving further away from each other.
The argument isn’t whether African democracies are better than those in the West. It’s simply that the idea of “real” and “not yet real” democracies expresses a colonial mentality, not reality.
Gabon is a wealthy and stable country and this might explain why the January 7 coup attempt failed.
Felix Tshisekedi may have clinched DRC’s presidency but the road ahead won’t be a smooth one.