Nearly all of Africa has opposition parties – which is more than can be said for China. While opposition leaders face intimidation, their troubles are minor in comparison to the deadly retribution meted out in Russia
The Asian Tigers, as well as China, Ethiopia and Rwanda, support the view that autocracies grow more rapidly than democracies – but often lack the leadership renewal that regular free and and fair elections bring about
Most Ethiopians believe the incoming premier will pursue political reforms. His election also means that for the first time in 27 years Ethiopian nationalism is gaining momentum.
Angola’s Lourenço, Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa and South Africa’s Ramaphosa all made star turns at last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, visibly signalling re-entry into the global community.
Zimbabwe has maintained the outward appearance of a multiparty democracy since independence in 1980. But it’s effectively been a one-party dictatorship.