Crony capitalism became firmly embedded under Ben Ali, benefiting his family and close friends.
Angola’s president-elect, João Lourenço, has a reputation for relative probity. But, he’s unlikely to rock the boat as Eduardo dos Santos remains party chairman.
States have been using tax breaks and other incentives like the kind Trump dangled before Carrier for years. There’s little evidence they work, and in fact they may lead to widening inequality.
Besides worries that Donald Trump might not make Africa a priority of his presidency, his temperament and views bode ill for democracy on the continent.