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In Africa, $5M prize is withheld again

Most Africans are now better governed than in 2000, but the pace of improvement has slowed, and many countries are experiencing setbacks in public safety and the rule of law, a group dedicated to improving leadership on the continent reported Monday.

The London-based Mo Ibrahim Foundation released its 2013 Index of Good Governance, finding advances in security and justice in only 20 of the continent's 52 countries.

Also lacking, in the judgment of the foundation's prize committee, was any leadership role model for young Africans. For the second year in a row, the foundation decided against awarding its prestigious and lucrative $5 million prize, saying no former African head of state or government deserved it.

To be worthy of the prize a recipient must have been democratically elected, have left office within the previous three years after fulfilling his or her elected term and have demonstrated excellence in office and progress in fostering sustainable and equitable prosperity.

The prize was established in 2007 by Sudanese-born telecom magnate Mo Ibrahim but has found no worthy recipient in four of those seven years.