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Title:Politics and Constitution-Making in Francophone Cameroon, 1959-1960
Author:Awasom, Nicodemus F.
Year:2002
Periodical:Africa Today
Volume:49
Issue:4
Period:Winter
Pages:3-30
Language:English
Geographic terms:British Cameroons
Cameroon
Subjects:separatism
State formation
public law
constitutions
1960
History and Exploration
colonialism
Politics and Government
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_today/v049/49.4awasom.pdf
Abstract:This article examines politics in francophone Cameroon and its impact on the making of the Cameroonian constitution of 1960. Politics in francophone Cameroon was characterized by violence, bloodshed, and the suppression of civil liberties. This political turmoil was the handiwork of French administrators, who indulged themselves in the uphill task of exterminating anti-French Cameroonians. Prime Minister Ahidjo used the turmoil as a pretext to obtain emergency powers from parliament to design Cameroon's constitution. The constitution was adopted in a referendum while a state of emergency was in force, the French army was protecting the Adhidjo government against its citizens, and French administrators were present to rig the vote. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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