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ISS: Democracy alone is no guarantee of development

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Until 1989, Africa was characterised by many authoritarian governments. After that, democracy took root as countries abolished military dictatorships, undertook constitutional reviews and embraced...

Democracy slipping away at record rate, intergovernmental body warns

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A greater number of countries are sliding towards authoritarianism, while the number of established democracies under threat has never been so high, the International...

West says new Sudan army-led council breaches democracy transition

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The United States and other Western powers expressed grave concern on Friday over the appointment of a new Sudanese ruling council by the general...

ISS: Democracy in decline in Africa? Not so fast

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The problem isn’t the system of government but poor leadership that opens the door to despots and coup plotters. Do recent coups in Chad, Mali,...

Democracies that fail to act on climate change face ‘existential’ threat

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Climate change poses “an existential challenge” for democratic governments and could lead to more authoritarian rule if efforts to curb global warming founder, fueling...

Tunisia’s difficult decade of democracy and crisis

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Tunisian President Kais Saied on Wednesday named a little-known professor as prime minister at a moment of grave national crisis after he seized wide...

ISS: Can Samia Suluhu Hassan make a clean break from Magufuli?

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Tanzania’s new president seems to be steering the country back towards democracy, but consolidating power won’t be easy. President Samia Suluhu Hassan is set to...

ISS: Chad’s turbulent presidential polls put democracy on the backburner

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The ruling party crippled an already weak opposition by banning public protest and media debate and side-lining competitors. Chadians went to the polls on 11...

ISS: CAR attempts democracy and justice amid violent chaos

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The turbulence in the Central African Republic raises questions about the timing of institutional reform. The arrangements to transition the turbulent Central African Republic (CAR)...

ISS: Presidential power play undermines democracy in Africa

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African leaders seeking re-election often exploit access to government resources to boost their campaigns, creating an uneven electoral playing field that gives them an advantage over...

Fringe groups undermine democracy via social media

Social media has become a hotbed of extremism, used to undermine democracy, a think tank said, calling for reforms to restore trust in government...

SA Navy highlights achievements, upcoming events during portfolio visit

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The South Africa Navy has highlighted recent achievements and upcoming events, including a naval exercise with Russia and China, during an oversight visit by...

Navy marks 25 years of democracy in SA

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Twenty-five years of democracy and a national defence force representative of all South Africans will this year be marked by the SA Navy. Tshintsha, a...

Tanzania’s opposition suspends pro-democracy demonstrations

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Tanzania's main opposition party suspended protests scheduled for Thursday, to give time for negotiations with the government that has called its planned...

Pope criticises West for trying to export own brand of democracy...

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Pope Francis criticised Western powers for trying to export their own brand of democracy to countries such as Iraq and Libya without...

Echoes of ‘Francafrique’ haunt central African democracy

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On the day of a vote to allow Congo Republic President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his 31 years in power, opposition...

ISS: The AU shuffles towards democracy, looking over its shoulder

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Is Africa slowly turning the rhetoric of democracy into action? The Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU), which introduced to the...

U.S. democracy watchdog quits Egypt as political noose tightens

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U.S. democracy watchdog The Carter Center has closed its Egypt office and says it will no longer monitor the country's parliamentary elections...

Egypt army chief calls for quick transition to election

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Egypt's army chief called on Tuesday for a quick transition to elections in order to restore stability to the country, while supporters...

Stratfor: Egypt and the Idealist-Realist Debate in U.S. Foreign Policy

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The first round of Egyptian parliamentary elections has taken place, and the winners were two Islamist parties. The Islamists themselves are split...

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