While unsteady at times, African nations take small steps toward democracy

Adam Nossiter writes in the New York Times that “democracy, even amid setbacks, seemed to inch forward” from Niger and Guinea to even Nigeria, where “even the chaotic and bloody election of last spring is celebrated as an improvement.”

In the last 50 years, he adds, the one constant has been “both the aspiration and the discernment of the people. The ordinary citizens wanted a voice, and seemed to know — even in the most depressed slums of Conakry, Niamey, Bamako or Dakar — that democracy was the best way to get it.”

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