JOHANNESBURG — Senegal’s peaceful handover of power from veteran ruler Abdoulaye Wade to his estranged protege Macky Sall is a boost for Africa where democratic transitions are rare, analysts say.
“Recently we have seen a lot of dissent against autocratic and authoritarian rule in Africa,” said Malawi-based political analyst Ben Chiza Mkandawire.
“Therefore the election in Senegal will act as a point of reference for other pro-democratic agencies across the continent.”
Like Wade, 85, Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika was elected to office.
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