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The paper presents a wideannging analysis of the concept of Political Authenticity. It focuses on the concept of charismatic authority. It seeks to diffeentiate between true and false political authenticity and agues that it has become a media construct, a P.R. tool to enable politicians to scale the heights of power. It further argues that charismatic ledaers espousing political authenticity are part of the counter elite who have emerged from the political establishment at times of political crisis