n Conflict Trends - Constitutional democracy in Africa

Volume 2003, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1561-9818



Much has recently been said and written about democratisation in Africa. We have also recently seen elections take place in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Zambia, all of which have been vigorously contested by governing and opposition parties. In the case of Kenya, the results have generally been accepted; in the case of the latter two countries, they have been disputed. In many parts of Africa, we have also recently observed numerous initiatives aimed at reconstituting the state. These initiatives have included equipping the country concerned with a new constitution, as well as the provision of new constitutional orders - in other words, creating a rule-based state.

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