Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Elections in Africa

from the wsj

Johannesburg, South Africa

You will have missed it if you're not a fanatical Africa watcher. Last Wednesday Botswana, often referred to as the Switzerland of Africa, saw a change of leadership. It's a nice, and instructive, contrast to the current shenanigans in Zimbabwe...
Here's proof that democratic systems can work in Africa and are generally accompanied by economic growth and human fulfillment. But the achievements of a handful of leaders and countries such as Mr. Mogae's Botswana are undermined by strongmen like Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe.

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