A friend from that part of the world told me once "Arabs do not do democracy".
My bold almost the same as what an educated African Doctor, the MD sort, not "witch/juju" sort, told me just before I left N. Rhodesia, he did add Westminster before democracy.
He explained that for millenia it had been and still was, the strongest ruled in their tribal Chiefs system. This was after me asking him why there was so much rioting & terrorising going on in the African townships/villages even after we had given them a date for independence. He explained it was the struggle between the 2 main political parties UNIP & the ANC for power. UNIP won under Kaunda and within a years or so banned all other parties.
Rinse & repeat for about every sub saharan country since the '60's, hence the descent into the pile of corrupt s**t we see today!