by John Dramani Mahama
iStockphoto.com /Although a contested election in Cote D'Ivoire has some officials worried about the threat of violence, peaceful elections have become more prevalent in Africa.
December 20, 2010
John Dramani Mahama, the vice president of the Republic of Ghana, is writing a nonfiction book about Africa.
The current political development in Cote d'Ivoire, and the manner in which it will be resolved, will serve as either a clear indication of how tenuous the democratic process still is on the African continent, or a joyous testament to how far the continent has traveled in its promotion of peace and advancement.
I'm sure that because many people, especially in the Western world, may still not have faith that democracy can actually work on the African continent, it didn't come as a surprise to some that the results of the Ivorian Electoral Commission were not recognized by Laurent Gbagbo's incumbent government and not followed by the requisite concession and transfer of power.
However, the exact opposite was true for a great many of Africa's leaders and heads of state. We had every faith that the elections in Cote d'Ivoire would be yet another success story in this new narrative of democracy that our nations are writing. We were all surprised at the turn of events after the results were broadcast…
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