Internally here at Global Integrity, we’ve been deeply engaged in a discussion about Western countries’ use of clean elections as a litmus test for “democracy” or “governance.” The current debate over the direction of U.S. policy in Pakistan, captured nicely by the Washington Post today, demonstrates the limits of such an approach.
Our own contacts in Nigeria confirm that Ribadu’s departure is a blow to the country’s fight against corruption.
One can only hope that clear and verifiable results are announced and accepted by both sides before this gets any worse.
It may be too early to determine just how politically-linked the removal was, but regardless the EFCC continues to endure a rough patch.
The new charges are sure to add fuel to the political fire in South Africa.
Coverage here: New York TimesThe Washington Post’s Stephanie McCrummen, one of the best foreign correspondent’s in East Africa.AllAfrica.comCheck out the East African Standard’s vote tally hereAssociated Press