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Title:Youth uprising and the quest for political reform in Africa: issues and challenges
Author:Babatunde, Abosede Omowumi
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic term:Northern Africa
political change
Abstract:Frustrated by decades of authoritarian rule, political repression, economic mismanagement, poverty, soaring unemployment and other related injustices, the youth in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya rose up against the state, while Algeria and Morocco narrowly escaped the events of the so-called 'Arab Spring'. This quest for political reform is an indication of a great collective shift that has the potential to reverberate throughout the African continent. However, to what extent can the youth succeed in bringing about the much-desired transition to democracy? This article focuses on the North African youth uprising and the quest for political reform in Africa. It examines the core issues of the youth uprising and the challenges to the attainment of political reform. A youth uprising can lead to genuine political reform if the major challenges in building new democratic forms of governance which can address economic disparity, protection of human rights, justice and security, can be overcome. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]