Through the ages, democracy has taken on many different facets and definitions. In addition to the fact that it is defined as “the government of the people, by the people and for the people,” the terms of its application have been tested by imperial idolatry, royal sovereignty, authoritarianism, dictatorships, etc.
Today, we can affirm that democracy exists in a given country under the assumption that there are elections at regular intervals according to the timeframes and conditions imposed by the law and constitution. And yet, if the transparency of the electoral process falters and civil peace is compromised, democracy no longer exists.
The American presidential elections and Brexit in 2016, as well as the French presidential elections in 2017, taught us a democratic lesson: regardless of the outcome, the acknowledgement of defeat by the losing parties and the peaceful transfer of powers embodies human values and guarantees the durability of the Nation.
In order to get here though, these Nations have historically experienced violent conflicts and civil wars. However, the lesson has been henceforth learned: never again will violence be used in order to either obtain or remove power. Sovereignty is on the side of the people who freely choose their leaders and freely express themselves in terms of their destiny.
We have lived through difficult campaigns in 2016 and 2017. It is unclear whether or not future campaigns will be any less aggressive… but at least when all was said and done, everyone peacefully submitted to the will of the people, who will not hesitate to sanction, in the future, the winners of today.
Long live democracy!