Former U.S. President Barack Obama warned that the world is sliding into a brutal and dangerous new era where autocrats are exploiting fear to subvert democracy.
“Look around. Strongman politics are ascendant suddenly, whereby elections and some pretense of democracy are maintained but those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning.”
Mr. Obama was cheered with standing ovations from about 15,000 people at a Johannesburg cricket stadium on Tuesday as he made his highest-profile public appearance since leaving office last year. The crowd greeted him by enthusiastically chanting “Yes, we can” – an echo of Mr. Obama’s famous election slogan.