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It was a widely held dominant perception until the early 1990's that African rulers do not vacate their office alive. But even in the brutal reality of African politics, transition takes place and different former presidents have dealt with how to maintain power and priviledge very deffrently. With case studies examining the post-presidential years of the iconic Mandela in South Africa, Daniel arap Moi in Kenya, Nyerere in Tanzania, Rawlings in Ghana, Charles Taylor in Liberia, as well as the experience of Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Malawi, and Nigeria, this volume examine the dilemmas which demnds for presidential transitions impose upon incumbent rulers and analyses the relationships which are evolving between new regimes and their predecessors. The contributors discuss the hybridal political systems that exist in post-independance Africa; the role allotted to or pursued by former African presidents; transitional politics and justice, and political stability. The book stimulates careful further observation and analyses concerning progress in this contested arena of institutionalised political power in Africa.

Co-Published with Nordic Africa Insitute

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Format : 148mm x 210mm
Pages : 352
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2102-2
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2120-8
Publish Year : 2006
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Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and Acronyms

Introduction: About life after presidency - Roger Southall and Henning Melber
1 Former presidents in Africa - Roger Southall, Neo Simutanyi and John Daniel
2 Soldiering on: the post-presidential years of Nelson Mandela 1999 - 2005 - John Daniel
3 Unpacking the model: Presidential succession in Botswana - Kenneth Good and Ian Taylor
4 The contested role of former presidents in Zambia - Neo Simutanyi
5 'Presidential indispensability' in Namibia: Moving out of office but staying in power - Henning Melber
6 "When I am a century old': Why Robert Mugabe won't go - David Moore
7 Toxic mushrooms: The presidential third term debate in Malawi - Sean Morrow
8 Politics and presidential term limits in Uganda - Roger Tangri
9 Immunity or accountability? Daniel Toroitich arap Moi: Kenya's first retire president - Tom Wolf
10 Troubled visionary: Nyerere as a former president - Roger Southall
11 Rawlings' former presidency: A threat to democracy in Ghana? - Kwame Boafo-Arthur
12 An army of ex presidents: Transitions, the military and democratic conslidation in Nigeria - Sola Akinrinade
13 Despot Desposed: Charles Taylor and the challenge of state reconstruction in Liberia - Daniel Hoffman

Appendix
Contributors
Index

Professor Roger Southall is a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and was formerly Professor of Political Studies, Rhodes University and has also and researched in academic institutions and think-tanks in Lesotho, Uganda, the UK and Canada.

Dr Henning Melber headed the Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU) in Windhoek and was a member of the Presidents Economic Advisory Council from 1992 to 2000. Previously the Research Director at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, he is currently the Executive Director of the Dag Hammarskjold foundation.

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