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Populism faces test in Uganda and Kenya

Bobi Wine and William Ruto set out to upend the political status quo in their respective countries

This is America

To those who lament the events at the Capitol on 6 January, saying, “This is not who we are”: unequal, undemocratic, duplicitous is precisely who we are

Democracy does not mean keep voting for the ANC

Despite fighting so hard for it, South Africans don’t seem to understand how democracy works

Words matter and have consequences

What started as hate speech ended in violence at the Capitol

America’s lessons for African dictators

COMMENT: Trump’s attacks on democracy grab the headlines, but the real story is one of democratic resilience

‘It is extreme’: Uganda tightens screws as vote looms

Tear gas, midnight arrests, threats and intimidation — the tactics employed every election cycle in Uganda are familiar to all who dare challenge President Yoweri Museveni's 35-year grip on power

Democracy at risk

Attempts to discredit election outcomes can be dangerous and the United States would do well to heed the warnings from history

Civil servants are the foundation of any good democracy

Good governance is not just about politicians, as Ghana’s elections demonstrate

Ghana’s free and fair elections don’t mean its democratisation process is complete

The country needs to protect its democracy given that ashift to authoritarian rule is evident on the continent

JJ Rawlings left an indelible mark on Ghana’s history

The air force pilot and former president used extreme measures, including a coup, enforced ‘discipline’ through executions, ‘disappearances’ and floggings, but reintroduced democracy

Malawi elections provide a global lesson in democracy

COMMENT: Opposition candidates and party can increase their chances of success at the polls by putting aside minor differences and presenting a united front

The Trump era is over. But the fight for democracy is just getting started

A respected and robust United States — with all of our flaws, mistakes and missteps — can be good for the defence of democracy, not least in Africa

America’s democracy is broken. What does that mean for us?

Many African countries modelled their political system on the United States. But given the flaws in the model, it may be time to reconsider

Trump unlikely to settle for golf

A narrow victory will mean that the election results won’t be settled anytime soon

Diary of an elections spotter

Fear and loathing in Trump’s America, where every bit of news can be worse than no news at all

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