n Conflict Trends - Editorial

Volume 2009, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


One of Africa's major challenges is the ability to conduct regular elections that are peaceful, fair and reflect the will of the people. Kenya, once regarded as an example of a peaceful and stable country in Africa, erupted into violent conflict with over a thousand deaths, following national elections in December 2007. In March 2008, Zimbabwe held its national elections. The results being delayed for several weeks served as a catalyst for violent eruptions in a country that was already smouldering with many political and economic tensions. The country is still recovering from this situation. In the next two years, over 30 countries in Africa will hold national elections. Many of these countries have been steadily stabilising, and cannot afford a reversal of this progress through election violence.

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