Mali – a surprising coup d’Etat?

Polling station, showing elector giving fingerprint

Polling station in the region of Sikasso, Mali during the 2007 parliamentary elections.

Five years ago, I had a great experience in observing the parliamentary elections in Mali. Affected in Sikasso, I was deeply impressed by the quality of the organization of the poll as well as by the deeply rooted public support for democracy.

So it was surprising for me to get the news about the coup d’Etat two weeks ago. Jonathan van Eerd, a PhD candidate and good old fellow who conducts his research work on democratization in Sub-saharian Africa, wrote a quite clear analysis about what happened in Mali. I would like to recommend this article to everybody interested in questions about stability and the importance of power balances in emerging and new democracies.

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