'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".


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