'Decisive Moment for African Democracy' - John Kerry

"This is a decisive moment for democracy in Africa," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says in an AllAfrica guest column. "In Africa, as elsewhere, there is a deep hunger for governments that are legitimate, honest, and effective," he said, pledging U.S. support. Four countries are scheduled to hold polls this month - Guinea, Tanzania, Côte d'Ivoire, and the Central African Republic - and another may happen soon in Burkina Faso. Leaders must respect term limits, and citizen engagement is vital "not just on Election Day".

Guineans line up to vote in municipal poll (file photo)

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