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23-Feb-2019  
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The week-long delay of the Nigerian election was used by some commentators as another example of a problem with democracy in Africa.

But some have gone even further to question whether certain African countries should scrap democracy altogether.

Malian music legend Salif Keita has, however, given up on democracy. He recently suggested that the continent needs a "benevolent dictator like China".

"To have a democracy, people have to understand democracy, and how can people understand when 85% of the people in the country cannot read or write," he asks.

Others have argued that many African countries don't have a democracy in reality any way.

Only nine countries out of the 54 in Africa were categorized as "free" by the 2019 Freedom House report, the same number as a decade ago.
 
 
Source: BBC
 
 

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