There may come a time when Equatorial Guinea’s Obiang Nguema, now Africa’s longest-serving leader and no mug, thinks Jammeh is the right card for him to play.
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
In the cases of Malawi and Nigeria, the fight against corruption has clearly been favoured by changes in government.
Unlike many other regional organisations, democracy is not a precondition for membership in the AU. It comprises the whole gamut of regime types – democracies, absolute monarchies, authoritarian regimes and dictatorships
Over the years African leaders have intervened militarily in many crises, some now forgotten. In Sierra Leone, it was to stop rebels who were infamous for cutting off people’s hands