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July 12, 2012

Elections and Voting
A South African Take on the U.S. Race

Between enthusiasm for President Obama’s pro-democracy message and appreciation for the Democratic Party’s support for the anti-apartheid movement, South Africans strongly favor Obama’s reelection, s…

February 14, 2018

South Africa
South-Africa-Zuma-No-Confidence The Painful Exit of South Africa’s Jacob Zuma

Zuma is not out yet, but he will be by February 15. Today, Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete moved the motion of no confidence originally scheduled for February 22 to Thursday, February 15.

February 13, 2018

South Africa
South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (left) and President Jacob Zuma stand at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town. Jacob Zuma’s Undoing

The scandal-plagued leader’s removal could set the party of Nelson Mandela on a path toward reestablishing South Africa as a role model for the rest of the continent.

December 27, 2017

South Africa
A man walks past ANC merchandise with the face of newly elected president Cyril Ramaphosa outside the venue of the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa December 19, 2017. South Africa’s Ramaphosa is the “Man of the Hour,” Despite the Zuma Cronies

Cyril Ramaphosa is elected the president of the party, and his victory shows the strength of the reform faction within the African National Congress, even if it is not absolutely predominant.

December 13, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-ANC-National-Convention-Zuma Scene Setter for Pivotal ANC Party Conference in South Africa

The conference meets every five years to choose a party leader and other senior officials. So long as the ANC has a majority, parliament is all but certain to elect the party leader to the South African presidency in 2019.

November 7, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-ANC-Dlamini-Zuma-Ramaphosa-Leadership Understanding the Race for South Africa's ANC Leadership

A brief review of the way both South Africa’s democracy and the ANC work is needed to explain how someone attached to the publicly toxic Jacob Zuma could be the front-runner to succeed him.

September 13, 2017

South Africa
Zweli-Mkhize-ANC-South-Africa Update on South Africa’s Leadership Fight

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) chooses a new party leader in December. Jacob Zuma, the discredited incumbent, is no longer regarded as a credible option. Instead of running, he…

February 23, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, head of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel, delivers his public lecture at the Nyakuron cultural centre in Juba, Southern Sudan, January 7, 2011. Thabo Mbeki on Sovereignty and Democracy in Africa

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki, in a February 16 lecture (PDF), reflects on the threat of Western re-colonization of Africa in the context of enduring racism as a way to encourage greater…

August 15, 2017

Kenya
International Observers during Kenya 2017 election International Observers and the Kenya Election

The outcome of the Kenya elections remains disputed. The International Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared Uhuru Kenyatta, the incumbent president, the winner of the presidential elec…

August 9, 2017

Kenya
Kenya-Elections-Voting-Kenyatta-Odinga The Kenyan Elections: One Day Later

In Kenya and around the world, anxiety is mounting about the potential for violence following the August 8 national elections. Incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta is leading opposition candidate Raila…