If you were among the many who were pleasantly surprised that Nkurunziza said he’d bow out, be ready to be disappointed
In the late 1980s only Botswana, Gambia and Mauritius held relatively open multiparty elections. Today, almost every state bar Eritrea holds elections of some form, though presidents win 88% of the polls they contest.
In the 1990s many African states reinvented their constitutions to build good political societies. They moved away from one-party authoritarian states. The limitations on presidential terms have not entirely quashed a culture of entitlement to rule
Amending constitutions or rigging elections can be messy and dangerous, provoking protests, international condemnation, and leaves a trail of undemocratic evidence
“It is a sad day for all of Africa’s strong leaders when one of our own forgets to rig an election,” the parody “President Obiang” tweeted