Young Africa: new wave of politicians challenges old guard | World news


A wave of young politicians and activists are challenging ageing leaders across much of Africa, reflecting seismic shifts on the continent that are poised to dramatically change the lives of hundreds of millions of people.

The new generation of politicians are in their mid-30s and can barely remember the cold war or the conflicts that brought many autocrats or ruling parties to power. Often educated and urban, they are at the intersection of massive changes that experts say may dramatically strengthen democracy in Africa in decades to come.

William Gumede, an analyst in Johannesburg, South Africa, said: “It is something to be wildly optimistic about … The big question is: how do we harness this, how do we support these younger leaders?”



Emmerson Mnangagwa, president of Zimbabwe;…

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