Interesting story from Democracy Digest
By now it’s no secret: Democracy is under attack worldwide, notes Jeffrey Smith, the founding director of Vanguard Africa and the Vanguard Africa Foundation, which support pro-democracy initiatives and free and fair elections across Africa.
Data shows that an overwhelming majority of Africans believe that democracy remains the best form of government and that free, fair and multiparty elections remain the ideal way to choose their leaders. While voter turnout is declining globally, it has been relatively stable in Africa over the past few decades. To paraphrase a notable scholar: While people are questioning the value of democracy, especially in many Western states, African populations who have experienced one-party or military rule are prepared to fight the resurgence of authoritarianism.
National leaders, however, often disagree. Africa’s three most recent elections illustrate the resulting divide….RTWT
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