Africa

June 3, 2024

A weekly review of news and analysis of elections in Africa, usually posted on Mondays and occasionally updated throughout the week.

South Africa’s Houses of Parliament in Cape Town. Photo credit: Wikimedia/I, PhilippN (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Upcoming Africa Elections

Rwanda Presidential and Legislative Elections: July 15, 2024

France24 (May 31, 2024): Rwanda elections: Kagame critic Rwigara unveils election bid

Christophe Châtelot, Le Monde (May 28, 2024): The dark side of Paul Kagame, the Rwandan autocrat who fascinates the West

Burkina Faso General Elections: Delayed Indefinitely

Mark Banchereau, AP (May 25, 2024): Burkina Faso junta extends its transition term by 5 years

Past Africa Elections

South Africa General Elections: May 29, 2024

Gerald Imray, Mogomotsi Magma, and Farai Mutsaka, AP (June 1, 2024): The ANC party that freed South Africa from apartheid loses its 30-year majority in landmark election

The Economist (May 28, 2024): Despite flaws, South Africa’s democracy is stronger than its neighbours’

Madagascar Legislative Elections: May 29, 2024

African Union (June 2, 2024): PRELIMINARY STATEMENT: African Union Election Observation Mission to the 29 May 2024 legislative elections in the Republic of Madagascar

Africanews (May 29, 2024): Madagascar holds key parliamentary election

Chad Presidential Election: May 6, 2024

Helga Dickow, The Conversation (June 3, 2024): Chad’s Mahamat Deby doubles down on authoritarian rule in wake of election victory

Democratic Republic of the Congo Presidential, Legislative, and Local Elections: December 20, 2024

Reuters (May 28, 2024): DR Congo names new government after months of delay

Regional Analysis

Sam Metz, AP (May 30, 2024): U.S. Military Defends Africa Strategy in Light of Coups

Maxwell Maseko, The Conversation (May 28, 2024): Democracy in Africa: digital voting technology and social media can be a force for good – and bad

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