Voters in Benin went out on Sunday for legislative poll seen as a test of democracy as opposition parties are back on ballot.
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West Africa is a core region of democratic progress in the world and also a region where many of the challenges to better and more widespread world democracy are evident. West Africa here will include fifteen countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Nigerian content on Democracy Chronicles is so extensive, it won't be automatically included here, just click the link above. Also check out our section on World Democracy.
Burkina Faso Junta Sees Return To Democracy Within 3 Years
Following a coup in January 2022, Burkina Faso’s military leader signed off on a three-year return to democracy on Tuesday.
African Union Condemns ‘Wave’ Of Military Coups
Military coups are making a comeback in Africa. The 35th Heads of State Summit of the AU condemned the new wave in West Africa.
Containing The Eclipse Of Democracy In West Africa
West Africa and by extension the Sahel is undergoing a new phase of democratic ellipse, characterised by abnormal transfers of power.
Military junta seized power in Burkina Faso
A military junta has seized power in Burkina Faso, forcing President Roch Marc Kaboré to resign. Crowds welcomed the military coup.
Mali Proposes 5-Year Election Delay To West African Bloc
Mali’s interim government under Colonel Assimi Goïta has proposed a five-year transition to democracy to its West African neighbors.
Benin’s Star Slips As Beacon Of Democracy
Benin, once West Africa’s poster child for democracy, is under fire after two opposition leaders were sentenced to harsh prison terms.
Gambia Faces Key Test For Democracy In Decisive Election
Preliminary results from Saturday’s hotly contested presidential vote in Gambia show that President Adama Barrow held a slim advantage.
French military convoy blocked by protesters in Burkina Faso
Thousands blocked a French military convoy in Kaya, Burkina Faso, Saturday. This comes amidst rising anger against France in the Sahel.
Murder Trial of African icon Thomas Sankara begins
A trial on the assassination of Burkina Faso’s president Thomas Sankara began Monday more than three decades after he was killed.