While some countries in Africa carry a solid democratic tradition, others are interrupted by military coup or electoral fraud. The situation is ever changing and the temperature is never certain. While there seems to be a steady progression towards a regular democratic process in most of Africa, this forward movement is checked by failed attempts, corrupt politicians, and rigged elections.
The setbacks are troubling and discouraging, without a doubt, but positive forces are fighting back. Economic growth and a youthful generation is creating a strong platform for new parties and a more fair electoral process. Young people expect elections and demand a democratic process. This mind-set will demand further growth and greater accountability from their governments.
Read the article in the Economist.