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In Africa, Modernity Challenges Traditional Governance

Jan 17, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
A Congolese rebel alliance soldier surrounded by looters in Kinshasa prods a photograph of ousted Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997. African populations are demanding more from their leaders, and not all leaders are prepared to give it.
A Congolese rebel alliance soldier surrounded by looters in Kinshasa prods a photograph of ousted Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997. African populations are demanding more from their leaders, and not all leaders are prepared to give it.
(PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Of the 54 independent states that make up Africa, many have recently undergone a major transition of power or are on the cusp of one. Once unshakable political parties, some in control since Africa's wave of independence movements in the 1950s, have disintegrated or been defeated by opposition figures. Not all of Africa's leaders are ready to accept the changes, however....

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