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.
The splintering in Renamo has its origins in the unexpected death last May of Afonso Dhlakama, its leader of 39 years.
Where should we place Mugabe among the pantheon of African nationalists who led their countries to independence?
Western perceptions of what's happening in Tunisia differ sharply with Tunisia's daily reality: the truth is that its political transformation is in trouble.
In death, President Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi has left behind an unfinished revolution which now needs a new leader.
The election's result endorses other evidence that trust in South Africa’s constitutional settlement and its political institutions is steadily declining.
In this case, the appropriate conclusion about the Constitutional Court's finding against the Public Protector is that there's much to be comforted by.
Africa's democracies have grown stronger during a period in which the world is backsliding on democracy.
There are reasons to be cautiously optimistic about Bissau-Guinean politics going forward.
The ruling National Resistance Movement has undermined Uganda's democracy
After recent elections, South Africa are grappling with what the reasons are for the declining trend in youth participation in the 2019 elections.
The killing of protesters by the Sudanese military signifies its reluctance to hand over power, as demanded by the African Union.
The presidents' wives hold a lot of sway within the political power structure.
It's an achievement in itself that Malawi is holding its sixth multi-party national elections since its transition from dictatorship under former President Kamuzu Banda.
The African Union's policy offers no wriggle room for a discretionary response to coups, a scourge that imperils the consolidation of democracy.
There are challenges that Sudan must overcome before power is transferred to its people.
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.