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Peter Mutharika during his inauguration as the President of Malawi last May. A court has annnulled his election. Amos Gumulira/AFP via Getty Images

Will bold landmark election ruling improve Malawian democracy?

Will the same electoral commission, so heavily criticised in the court’s ruling, improve its capacity and arrange more credible elections?
Crowds protesting the forced retirement of judges, in front of Poland’s Supreme Court building, Warsaw. AP/Czarek Sokolowski

Poland’s judicial purge another step toward authoritarian democracy

With its attempt to purge the country's courts of 40 percent of its judges, Poland's right-wing ruling party passed another milestone on the path towards establishment of a one-party state.
A prison officer stands guard outside the Chief Magistrate’s court in Nairobi. Safeguarding reforms is key mandate for the in-coming Chief Justice. Noor Khamis/Reuters

Kenya’s new Chief Justice must press on with cleaning up the judiciary

Despite some criticism, the screening of 50-odd judges and nearly 300 magistrates was a remarkable achievement. But Kenya's new Chief Justice has some cleaning up left to do.

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