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Amid political upheaval, Basotho support democratic process, reject military rule; trust in political institutions remains low

Basotho overwhelmingly support democratic elections and reject military and strongman rule, according to a new Afrobarometer study.

The survey, conducted at a time of mounting political tensions leading to the dissolution of Parliament, sheds light on citizen views on democracy and trust in political institutions, among other issues.

The Afrobarometer Round 6 public opinion survey interviewed 1,200 Basotho in May 2014. The nationally representative sample yields a +/- 3% margin of error with a 95% confidence level.

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Kenyans give mixed score on devolution and call for better participation

A majority of Kenyans are finding it difficult to participate in key county activities, the latest Afrobarometer survey indicates.

Public participation is at the core of devolution. However, the Afrobarometer survey shows that most Kenyans find it difficult to participate in the county budgeting and planning process, to influence county decision making, and to access information on county budgets, legislation, and project plans.

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Government scores poor marks on economic management

Ghana’s government performed poorly on the economic management scorecard of most citizens, according to the findings of a new Afrobarometer survey.

The latest Afrobarometer findings reveal that Ghanaians want the government to give top priority to managing the economy – a shift in policy priorities from 2005, 2008, and 2012 Afrobarometer surveys, in which unemployment was the leading policy priority of most Ghanaians.

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Togolese voice strong support for two-term limit

By a 6-to-1 margin, Togolese citizens favour a two-term limit for their president, according to a new Afrobarometer survey.

Based on the October 2014 survey, 85% of respondents agree – including 60% who “strongly agree” – with the statement that “The Constitution should limit the president of the Republic to serving a maximum of two terms in office” (see Figure 1 below). Only 13% favour no limit on presidential mandates.

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Mauritians want term limits for the Prime Minister and transparent political party financing

Mauritians do not want political leaders to remain in power ad vitam eternam and wish the Prime Minister to remain in power for a maximum of two terms.

Mauritians are also fully supportive of having more transparency in the way political parties finance their electoral campaigns.

However, they believe that finances for political parties should not come from the State or taxpayers money. Parties should look for their own funds.

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Economic conditions no cause for alarm for Mauritians

While the recent public discourse tends toward pessimism about the country’s economic situation, Mauritians are not alarmed about their own living conditions, a new Afrobarometer survey reveals.

Assessments of the country's economic condition as “good” are about as frequent as “bad,” and a majority believe that conditions will remain the same or improve in the coming year, according to the 2014 survey.

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Economic well-being of Sierra Leoneans, public service delivery and national government performance

<p>&nbsp;Findings on evaluations of the economy and national government from the Round 5 (2012) survey in Sierra Leone.</p><p><a href="/sites/default/files/media-briefing/sierra-leone/srl_r5_presentation1.pdf" target="_blank">Download the full document</a></p>

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Majority of Burundians support presidential term limits

Six of 10 Burundians (62%) support limiting presidential terms to two – a remarkable evolution of public opinion between 2012 and 2014.

In 2012, only 51% of Burundian citizens supported presidential term limits. The larger new majority may indicate that as the country approaches elections, and in response to public debate on the issue, the number of people opposed to a third presidential term is increasing.

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Burkina Faso citizens voice strong support for two-term limit

Two-thirds of Burkina Faso citizens favour a two-term limit on presidential mandates, according to the most recent Afrobarometer survey.

In the 2012 survey, 65% of respondents agreed – including 42% who “strongly agreed” – with the statement that “The Constitution should limit the president to serving a maximum of two terms in office”. This finding reflected an 11 percentage point increase from the 2008 Afrobarometer survey, with majority support in both urban (77%) and rural (60%) areas.

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Burkina Faso citizens reject military rule

More than six in 10 Burkina Faso citizens reject military rule as a system of government, according to the most recent Afrobarometer survey.

In the 2012 survey, 62% of respondents disapproved – including 27% who “strongly” disapproved – of a system of government in which the army governs the country, compared to just 24% who approve. This finding reflects a 12 percentage point increase from the 2008 Afrobarometer survey, when 50% rejected military rule.

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