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DAKAR, Senegal — In the end, democracy prevailed.
When Gambia’s president refused to give up power, neighboring countries rallied troops and invaded this month, threatening to oust him by force.
The tactic worked, and Yahya Jammeh, the repressive ruler who had lost a presidential election in December, stepped down and left the country, relinquishing power after holding it tightly for more than 22 years.
It was nothing short of a democratic coup. So was it an exception, or proof that African leaders are increasingly willing to demand — and enforce — democracy in the region?
Democracy’s record throughout the African continent has been checkered in recent years. While many West African nations, including Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast, have recently celebrated their first peaceful elections or transitions of power in decades, some have experienced violence and fraud at election time. In other countries, leaders appear poised to hold on to power until death, with little threat of intervention from neighboring countries.