Democracy and elections in Africa in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Lessons for Africa
Lessons from the DRC elections for democratic consolidation and state reconstruction may therefore be considered illuminating, reflective of the post-colonial African experience with constitutionalism and democracy. The article concludes that, despite some shortcomings, the elections were particularly peaceful, thus disappointing many prophets of doom. After decades of authoritarianism and violent conflicts this is an achievement that should be celebrated across the continent and by those who assisted in the process, including the international community. The message from the DRC is also encouraging to the proponents of an African renaissance, which cannot materialise without democracy, the rule of law and development.