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No leader in Africa wins $5m good governance award

NAIROBI — Accountability on the African continent did not have a good 48 hours.

On Sunday, the continental body, the African Union, said an international court should delay its trial of Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, on charges of allegedly helping to orchestrate 2007-08 postelection violence.

And on Monday, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation declined to give its annual good governance award — and $5 million prize — to any former African leader, saying none had earned it.

A new measurement released by the foundation on Monday found that 32 countries on the continent have seen a decline in the categories of safety and the rule of law since the year 2000, as violence inside borders rises.

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Mo Ibrahim, a British mobile phone magnate who was born in Sudan, said his foundation should not lower its standards in order to present the award every year and that young Africans are taking leadership more seriously now.

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