That America’s Democracy has failed is a fallacy to be rejected in Africa.

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President Trump was impeached on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 by the House of Representatives thereby becoming the first president in the history of the United States to be impeached twice. He was impeached for incitement of insurrection in the storming of the US Capitol. President Trump continued to allege that the US election that elected Joe Biden as president was fraudulent, in the process losing about 60 court cases in challenging the credibility of the election.

So what are the implications in Africa? As may be expected, some Africans are pointing to this test of democracy in the US as a justification for abuse of democracy in Africa. So let me say this right away. What just happened is proof to the world that American democracy is strong and enduring. It got tested  by a powerful force, but right away and swiftly, the power of institutions prevailed over a menacing attack by individuals. Indeed what is noteworthy in all of this how President Trump’s attempt to abuse the judiciary and the legislature was strongly rebuffed. I urge strongly that no politician in Africa should try to see a pervasive narrative in all of this. Any belief that even the great American democracy has failed is a fallacy. Believe me.

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  • Onazi Oche Thompson Ikechukwu

    Populist leader in the person of Trump was clearly dealt with in the principles that democracy is built on. Modern political democracy according to Philippe Schmitter & Terry Karl; states that " is a system of governance in which rulers are held accountable for their actions in the public realm by citizens, acting indirectly through the competition and cooperation of their elected representatives" A regime or system of governance is an ensemble of patterns that determines the methods of access to the principal public office; the characteristics of the actors admitted to or excluded from such access; the strategies that actors may use to gain access; and the rules that are followed in the making of publicly binding decisions. To work properly, the ensemble must be insitutuionalized - that is to say, the various patterns must be habitually known, practiced, and accepted by most if not all actors.

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He is also the founder and Chairman of the Economic Growth and Development Center (EGDC), the initiators of SHAFRI (an educational social network for kids in Africa and around the world).

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