Any swift transition to democratic rule in Sudan could further deepen tensions that already exist in the country. While the protestors’ demands and momentum represent a milestone for Sudan, the country faces several crucial challenges before it can transition to democracy.
The fantasy of a one term president in Africa
I’ve been wondering if those declaring Ghana’s President Mills a one term president even before the end of his first term in office absolutely believe what they are saying or whether their comments are more of wishes.
To be honest, I did share their view during and immediately after the bitter primary fight between President Mills and former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings; but I have since reconsidered that position after a cursory African case study.
Sitting presidents losing elections from where I come is almost unheard of. And I am not talking fraud, which is by the way a factor; I am only looking at the far-reaching influence incumbents usually have over the general public.
South Africa’s Nelson Mandela chose to be a one term president; Umaru Yaradua, the late president of Nigeria, died in office, and the many other one-term African presidents that have crossed my mind, including the late Hilla Limann of Ghana, were overthrown in military coups.
The least said about Sassou-Nguesso, André Kolingba, Didier Ratsiraka – heads of states who lost elections only after being stripped of most of their powers – the better.
I am closing my mind on F.W. De Klerk’s loss to Mandela for obvious reasons.
Oops! Nicephore Soglo: That statesman from Benin who made history in 1996 as the first sitting president in Sub-Saharan Africa to lose power at the ballot box. So the idea isn’t completely unheard of after all.
Regardless, considering the sophistication of the new Ghanaian voter – demonstrated at the 2008 polls – aren’t they the ones to be wary of concerning the 2012 elections rather than the clout of those who need their endorsement?