Five major lessons about African democracy

An electoral official overturns a ballot box prior to counting votes at a polling station in Tamale, Ghana on December 7, 2016. PHOTO | PIUS UTOMI EKPEI | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The power of incumbency is waning in many countries.

  • The opposition is learning.

  • Democracy is in decline.

  • Term limits predict political crises.

  • Do not prosecute before you are in power.

There is rarely a dull year in African politics, and the last twelve months have been no exception.

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