More analysis and consistent international coverage of the conflict in the Central African Republic is needed for a better understanding of how peacebuilding and conflict mitigation in the region as a whole can be pursued.
The president of Chad, Idriss Déby, was just re-elected to a fourth term with nearly 90% of the vote. Here we have yet another strongman in the region who is playing the system to extend his rule and disqualify any potential opponents, and he's doing so with quasi-impunity.
Young men and boys took to the streets in several Nigerian cities, determined to protest the emerging results of Saturday's vote, which--though not yet made official at that time--indicated the victory of "accidental incumbent" president Goodluck Jonathan.
In the twelve years since Africa’s most populous nation transitioned from military dictatorship to civilian rule, the three elections held have been far from democratic exercises—instead, they have been flashpoints for violence, igniting communal tensions across the country and disenfranchising large numbers of voters.