Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo says democracy is taking root in Africa, but warns that rising political stars will struggle to unseat old leaders unless they join forces during elections. Obasanjo, who was a military ruler for three years from 1976 and then a civilian leader from 1999-2007, said African countries were making progress towards democracy, but much more remained to be done, after a book launch in Johannesburg on Wednesday night. Obasanjo said: “Yes we are [making progress]" towards democracy. “Africa will get to where it needs to be,” he said. “Thirty years ago, election was an aberration in Africa; today, no election is an aberration,” he said in the interview. “Even those [rulers] who want to remain ... they still go through some form of election”. It is “what somebody called autocratic competitiveness. They are still autocratic, but they try to show that they are competitive through election”. But Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema said that de...

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