Report : Elections, Civic Space, and Political Violence in SADC: Trends from 2013 to 2022.

Elections, Civic Space, and Political Violence in SADC: Trends from 2013 to 2022.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is an outgrowth of the support given by the Front-Line States to the countries seeking to remove colonial rule in Southern Africa. This solidarity led in the aftermath of the independence of Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe (and eventually South Africa in 1994) to an agreement to continue this political solidarity into economic co-operation. Whilst the intention seemed to be to create an integrated economic and political, the political autonomy of the member states has rarely been challenged. Additionally, it is frequently argued that the countries ruled by former liberation movements hold political sway with the community, and these countries tend towards autocratic governance.

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