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Democracy in Africa: The proliferation of coups does not mean the end of democracy

Democracy in Africa: The proliferation of coups does not mean the end of democracy

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Soldiers received a warm welcome after seizing power in Guinea last year

After the military takeover of five different African countries over the past year, some have suggested that democracy may not be the best form of government on the continent. But Leonard Mbul-Nezje and Nick Cheesman argue here that despite these setbacks, democracy is the way forward for Africa.

Africa has undergone a series of coups threatening to drag it into the 1980s and the era of military rule. Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea, Sudan and Mali saw their governments overthrown and replaced by a military council.

The situation could have been even more alarming, as failed coup attempts were reported in the Central African Republic and, just a few days ago, in Guinea-Bissau.

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