Thursday, May 25, 2006

More Africans opposed to one-man rule

As Africa celebrates Africa Day, an Afrobarometer survey shows that Africans see one-man rule as the greatest threat to democracy on the continent. The report on the findings states that among the three forms of autocratic rule, namely one-man rule, military rule and one-party rule, one-man rule is the most rejected regime. Its disapproval ratings rose significantly from 68 percent in 1999 to 78 percent in 2005. In the past eight years, there have been four controversial attempts to amend constitutions in favour of incumbent elected presidents, in Namibia, Zambia, Malawi and Nigeria. Only Namibian president Sam Nujoma succeeded in his bid.

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