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"A new democracy inevitably inherits many of the civil servants and politicians of the former regime, who have benefited from this system, and who expect it to continue. Even those first-time politicians installed through democratic elections may not all be interested in reform. Instead, they may see this access to the levers of power as an opportunity to take their share, rather than as a chance to offer their service.
Across many African countries a similar phrase is used to describe the system of politics in a few words; Kenyans in East Africa call it "our turn to eat," while for Cameroonians it is "the politics of the belly." It is this mentality -- one that sees the state's revenues as a reward to be consumed rather than a resource to be distributed judiciously -- that is the fundamental obstacle to meaningful reform."
A Reminder in Egypt: Democracies Are Only as Good as Their Institutions - Kyle Thetford - The Atlantic