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Blinken warns on democracy at start of Africa tour

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Nairobi (AFP) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday urged Africans to watch out for rising threats to democracy as he began a three-nation tour of the continent that is also expected to focus on regional crises, especially Ethiopia’s year-long war. Before meeting Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Blinken held talks with civil society leaders and asked for ideas on how to stop the “bad actors” who test democratic institutions. “We have seen over the last decade or so what some call a democratic recession,” he said. “Even vibrant democracies like Kenya experience pressure, especiall…

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