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Shadow states are the biggest threat to democracy in Africa: fresh reports detail how

Shadow states are the biggest threat to democracy in Africa: fresh reports detail how

THE capture of democratic political systems by private power networks is arguably the greatest threat to civil liberties and inclusive development in Africa. That’s the conclusion of two new reports that address the issue of threats to democracy on the continent. NIC CHEESEMAN, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham The first report is published by Ghana’s Centre for Democratic Development. It focuses on the capture and subversion of democratic institutions in Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria. These case studies reveal that even in more democratic states such as Benin and Ghana, ruling parties can “hijack” democracy and appropriate its…
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