After nearly two decades under some sort of single entity governance – either statutorily created one party states under the rule of one person for a prolonged period of time or military governments – the 1990s heralded a dawn of multi-party democratic hope in Africa. Many elections were held in different parts of the continent – usually under the supervision of international monitors from more well established democratic states in Western Europe and North America. Alas the hope for a permanent and/or sustainable democratic era in Africa was short lived and newly elected governments, though ostensibly adhering to the tenets of democracy viz. a viz. having regular elections, quickly aggrandized all elements of ...

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