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‘Tunisia should move swi

Publish date: 10 February 2020
Issue Number: 859
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: general

‘The era of imperialism and colonialism in which Africa is a pit stop in the global assembly line is past.'

– President Cyril Ramaphosa in his inaugural address as AU chairperson


‘Based on Kenya’s experience (where the courts overturned the 2017 poll results), it is going to be a massive challenge to organise fresh elections, which typically take years of preparation. The possibility of heightened tensions remains.'

– Grant Masterson, from the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa, saying Malawi's election judgment would have far-reaching consequences on the continent.


'They (the judges) sent a signal that the supposedly neutral bureaucrats in charge of organising such flawed elections should be thrown out. They also implied that a slap on the wrist was not enough, and that Malawi's precious democratic institutions needed to be properly defended.’

– Analyst Andrew Harding


‘It is a good time to be alive in Malawi. We have demonstrated that democracy does and can work in Africa. And this victory is not for us, it is for generations to come.'

– Lilongwe voter Lameck Hango


‘Tunisia should move swiftly to follow this positive step with further action to bring home its children trapped in squalid camps and prisons in war-torn countries.'

– HRW's Tunisia director Amna Guellali after Tunisia's repatriation of six orphaned children of alleged Isis members from Libya