Against Difficult Odds Local African Elections Observers Getting Better, As Foreign ‘Tourists’ Missions Face Growing Criticism

In some places strong gains made by the opposition, ironically lead to more repression against democracy activists rather than open up the political space.

Zambia’s Lungu Says He’s No Dictator And Doesn’t Want To Be One, But He’s Turning Into A Mugabe Very Fast

Lungu took advantage of a fire at a popular Lusaka market to declare a state of emergency, that gives him power to suspend Parliament, restrict freedom of movement, and impose a curfew.

Buying Time In DRC? Kabila Has Made Farewell Noises, But That Doesn’t Mean He Will Leave

Did Kabila give in to pressure from Angola and others, or has he calculated that the new accord will fail sooner or later and that he now won’t have to take the blame for it?