10 Feb 13 Feb – How long can a president last? Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa
Gambia’s democratic transition – and other trends regarding regime change in Sub-Saharan Africa:
The last presidential election in Gambia, in December 2016, paved the way for a change of power, when Adama Barrow, joint candidate of the seven opposition parties won the elections and the former president Yahya Jammeh first admitted that he had lost, there was a hope for a beginning of democracy. That feeling quickly changed when Jammeh later changed his mind and said that the whole election would be annulled. He, however, gave up after ECOWAS (Economic Community Of West African States) countries intervened militarily.
With regard to the events that has followed Gambia’s most recent presidential election, Jesper Bjarnesen, Senior Researcher at NAI (The Nordic African Institute), will talk about election-related violence, constitutional crisis and long lasting presidents in countries like Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Burundi.
In collaboration with Folkuniversitetet.
Place: Ekonomikum, Hörsal 2
Admission: Free for members, 60 kr for non-members. Become a member at the lecture! Only 100 kr for one year of membership.