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Dear African leaders, protests and hashtags are part of democracy, not only elections
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Politics and Society Dear African leaders, protests and hashtags are part of democracy, not only elections

The definition of democracy on the continent has been restricted to holding elections. Many African leaders forget that protests and online dissent is very much part of democracy. Elections are just a part of democracy, and democracy entails a full spectrum of economic, social and political freedoms, which include citizens’ rights to protest and express their voices and concern.

Cartoon: Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo calls for Africa to end its dependency on the West
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Politics and Society Cartoon: Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo calls for Africa to end its dependency on the West

Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo’s quest to see Africa move beyond aid was once again on full display, after his latest speech in the presence of French president Emmanuel Macron sent a strong message to the western world. “We can no longer continue to make policy for ourselves in our continent on the basis of whatever support that the western world can give us,” Akufo-Addo said.