Power corrupts quickly

NAI researcher Mats Utas concerning the military coup in Mali

The military junta who overthrew the government in Mali promise to ensure “law and order and pluralistic democracy”. Moreover, members of the junta are not allowed to run for elections.

– It sounds good, but power often tends to corrupt people very fast. It seems to be a typical West African coup, which seldom leads to peace and order. On the contrary, coups often lead to civil war. Mali already had a civil war going on, and civil war together with a coup is a disaster, says Mats Utas. Read more comments from Mats Utas about the situation in Mali (articles in Swedish).

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