I was out on a job today with a colleague and as I was driving I put the radio on and listened to the news, anyway after the end my collegaue who is shall we say not the brightest (ex squaddie but handy to have around if things let a little spicy) made the comment above ad while it's not the most PC way of putting it he does have a point.
Other than Mandela I can't think of one African or Arab leader who has stood down (although I'm sure there must be one more).
The real question is why, is it just too soon to move from primitive and tribal societies to democracy?
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