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What does opposition leader Tshisekedi’s death mean for DR Congo’s road to elections?

The death of prominent opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi has deprived the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of a unique political figure who was at the forefront of the fight for democracy for over three decades.

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Gambia: Adama Barrow is back!

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After weeks of a political impasse, The Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow returned home yesterday. Barrow landed at the airport in the capital Banjul. Dressed in flowing white robes called the “Haftan,” Barrow shook hands with elders and senior members of his coalition government on the tarmac.

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28th AU Summit: ECOWAS raised the bar, but will others follow?

The decision by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to deploy a military force into Gambia to force President Yahya Jammeh to step down has been widely hailed by democrats. According to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), the African Union should bolster the means and willpower of regions to use their militaries to enforce democracy.

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Things got worse in Africa in 2016

The economic and political fractures in many African countries have become more exposed than ever this year. But in the cracks lie opportunities, writes Simon Allison on The African Arguments.

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Zimbabwe: Political power shouldn’t be taken to the grave

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should step down and allow other Zimbabweans to take over from him, the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said on Monday. The EFF said this in statement, as it congratulated the people of Gambia for holding a peaceful and democratic election that saw President Yahya Jammeh conceding defeat to his opponent Adama Barrow.

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Can you have democracy without democrats?

In one province in Gabon, the stronghold of President Ali Bongo, the results declared by the Gabonese Electoral Commission indicated  that 99.83% of the electorate turned out to vote, and that 95.46% of them voted for Ali Bongo! The question is: how can we ensure that election results in Africa are not dependent on an electoral commission or constitutional court that is in the pocket of the incumbent?

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