Democracy is falling out of favour with a large number of people around the world, while Western Europeans are growing increasingly pessimistic, finding democracy no longer democratic enough, a German study argues.
Autocrats have often used the facade of democracy to give their hold on power a veneer of legitimacy.
As May 8 general elections approach, South Africans accuse the ruling African National Congress (ANC) of reneging on Nelson Mandela's 1994 promise of "a better life for all."
A complex political configuration and the scars of civil war helped Algeria avoid the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. But eight years later, the country faces political turmoil as the President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika seeks a fifth term in office.
Tendai Biti, a former finance minister and newly elected member of parliament for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, is wanted in Zimbabwe for allegedly inciting violence after urging opposition supporters to defend their votes.
Women who had been previously barred from voting in several regions, including Dir, Kohistan, North and South Waziristan, made a beeline to the polling stations on Wednesday, making the day of elections a historic one.
Former US President Barack Obama was paying tribute to Nelson Mandela when he warned the world had plunged into "strange and uncertain times." His comments were widely seen as a barely veiled reference to his successor, Donald Trump.
When Pakistanis go to vote in parliamentary elections, there will be more women at the polls than ever before, but the level of participation will still be low as obstacles continue to hinder women's participation.
India has had a stable democracy for its entire existence and an enviable economic growth rate for decades now. As the country spends lavishly on its military, it's important to ask why it consistently fails to reduce human deprivation.
The Supreme Court's decision to disqualify Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister does not chart a clear path for Pakistan, or for the evolution of its democracy. So what exactly does this decision mean for Pakistan?
The Democratic Unity coalition had called a march on the pro-Maduro Supreme Court in support of alternative magistrates appointed by the opposition, but security forces blocked their way with armoured cars and riot shields.
One year later, we look back at this night of defiance by the Turkish people, from the early confusion to the moment the coup plotters finally surrendered.
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