Constitutional Coups

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This is an increasingly prevalent phenomenon in sub-Saharan Africa, where incumbent leaders are looking to maintain their grip on power by changing the constitution such that they can continue to run in free and fair elections that just happen to not have opposition candidates. This is pretty similar to what many Central Asian governments currently do, but is something of a let down after the decades of nice happy rhetoric about the strides these countries, including Rwanda, were apparently making towards development and democracy. Also, many of these countries have suffered from mass violence in the past, and if elections are rigged, the likelihood of violence coming back is an all too near fear already haunting the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi, if not Rwanda, yet.

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