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Emperor Haile Selassie's statue | Democracy's decline in Africa

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Tuesday, 19 February 2019


Editor's note

A statue to Emperor Haile Selassie outside the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa has stirred up a fierce storm. As Martin Plaut sets out, he’s not the first ruler to have proved controversial when it comes to a memorial. Through the ages leaders have gone in and out of fashion over time, turning their legacies into a battlefront.

Africa has experienced remarkable political change since the early 1990s, with more countries moving towards multiparty democracy and holding regular elections. But the complete picture isn’t all that rosy. As Nic Cheeseman argues, political repression has increased over the past five years, calling into question the extent of the continent’s democratic gains.

Julius Maina

Regional Editor East Africa

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