Without surprise, the presidential elections’ results in Gabon, announced on 31st August and making Ali Bongo the winner, are controversial and denounced by the opposition. Yet, since the proclamation of the outgoing President’s victory, violent demonstrations have broken out across the country. Despite Ban Ki-moon’s congratulations during the holding of the presidential election in Gabon … More Gabon’s contested elections
2016 is the year of presidential elections for numerous African countries, where 16 ballots have taken place or are expected to be held in the next few months. Among them is the Cape Verde legislative elections that took place on March 20. The country tends to be discrete in medias and public opinion. However, it … More Cape Verde, a model for democracy in Africa ?
Many issues will affect Africa this year. First of all, the Burundian crisis is far from being solved, one can still see human rights violations occurring across the country. Second, numerous Presidential elections will take place on the continent (DRC, Uganda, Ghana, Niger, Chad, and many others) – some of which being expected with worry. … More What to expect from Zimbabwe this year?
After the civil war that erupted in 2013, and despite the French-led operation Sangaris and the African intervention (MISCA – later MINUSCA under UN authority) during December of the same year, the Central African Republic (CAR) seems to be in an impasse. As recent events have showed us, violence is still occasionally breaking out in … More CAR: the stalemate of the reconciliation process
It is undeniable that real progress has been made in terms of democratization in many African countries, especially since the 1990’s, and the creation of the African Union in 2002. However, the current multiplication of political crisis reminds us that it is still much to accomplish and much to build. With the debt crisis on the … More Democracy, a time-consuming process
Since Pierre Nkurunziza inauguration, what the best observers predicted seems to happen: citizens and political opposition are restless while the government increases arrests and intimidation, thereby nurturing the cycle of violence. Not surprisingly, the Burundian President Nkurunziza was re-elected in the aftermath of the presidential 21 July election. For all that, citizens and political opposition … More Burundi: towards another civil war?
We have seen that Blaise Compaoré’s decision to run another term as President of Burkina Faso led to his ousting by the people on 31 October 2014. A transitional government has since been set up, but uncertainty remains. In view of the next elections, planned for the 11 October 2015, how is current transition going? … More Burkina Faso: what’s next?