Kenya: The One-Party Way

In the eight short years since independence began to explode throughout Africa, 30 former European colonial territories have become sovereign —and supposedly democratic—states.

But hardly any of them are really democratic. Forced to live as nations although their loyalties and organizations are tribal, torn by all the monstrous problems of backwardness and ignorance, Africa's new countries have found democracy far too difficult to live with. So far, at least 18 of them have effectively eliminated the opposition and inaugurated one-party rule. Few of the rest seem at all convinced that Western democracy has meaning in Africa. Last week, after...

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