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Over a decade since the end of its long-running civil war, Angola remains a closed and repressive society, where a small political, military and business elite enjoys a lavish lifestyle while the vast majority of the...

In the 2009 elections, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) of President Ian Khama won the majority of seats in parliament – and maintained its perfect record in post-independence elections. So while Botswana is the oldest...

Joseph Kabila was re-elected President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the November 2011 presidential and parliamentary elections, which were widely condemned as neither free nor fair and were marred by...

In a major boost for democracy in southern Africa, Lesotho’s 2012 elections saw an opposition coalition topple the government of Pakalitha Mosisili, who had been Prime Minister for 14 years. After a smooth and peaceful...

President Joyce Banda has transformed Malawi since she her sudden ascent to power in early April following the death of her increasingly autocratic predecessor, President Bingu wa Mutharika. Having watched from the side-lines...

A sound constitution and a system of proportional representation have resulted in a measure of political representation, which is positive for a post-conflict situation. However, the relationship between Renamo and the ruling Frelimo party...

Namibia is an upper-middle-income country with perennial food deficits, recurring droughts and floods, alarming rates of chronic malnutrition - and one of the highest levels of HIV/AIDS in the world. It is also one of the most unequal societies...

There is no better proof of the adage that ‘power corrupts and absolute power, corrupts absolutely’ than Swaziland. The absolute power of the King has corrupted the royal family and the rest of the ruling elite absolutely –...

Zambia’s 2011 elections were a boost for democracy in the country and the region – as the opposition Patriotic Front of Michael Sata swept to power and Rupiah Banda graciously accepted defeat. Sata’s victory and the smooth...

More than three years after the inauguration of Zimbabwe’s Inclusive Government (IG) in February 2009, the piecemeal and painfully slow transition process is finally gathering some speed. It now seems as though the referendum...

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