Without Mugabe, is democracy coming to Zimbabwe?

On Tuesday, after 37 years of authoritarian rule, Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe. A look at both broad African political trends and at the specifics of Zimbabwean politics suggests that there are many stumbling blocks between Mugabe’s ouster and open elections. Fifteen coups toppled African regimes between 2000 and 2012. Only five resulted in elections that transferred power to civilians. Continue reading →