The African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance ("ADC") recently entered into force on February 15, 2012. The main goal of the ADC is the encouragement and promotion of democracy and human rights on the African continent. The ADC is the first binding regional instrument adopted by member states of the African Union ("AU") that attempts to comprehensively address all of the elements necessary for the establishment of liberal democracies. The ADC also contains a number of expansive provisions regarding unconstitutional changes of government.
Towards a New Democratic Africa: the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance,
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