A “democracy” that holds elections but doesn’t give [citizens] a voice is governance that doesn’t deliver – Brian Klaas

June 23, 2016

Africa, General


Earlier this month, Senator Rene de Roland Lylison — a colonel who previously headed a paramilitary group — was arrested amid rumors that he was plotting another coup d’état. Unfortunately, because Madagascar’s people have been told that they have democracy but believe it has failed them, some would welcome a military takeover. That is the peril and the price of a system that conflates the act of voting with genuine democracy. 

Brian Klaas in



How Fake Democracies Damage Real Ones


THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2016. 2:43 p.m. [GMT]


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