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The need for institutional and political means to estop the precarious tampering with Constitutions of African states, by Chofor Che

26 Oct

CACLiTA Cameroon

The revision or modification of state constitutions is important especially if of utmost necessity to the betterment of the state, but there has been a precarious tampering of the fundamental provisions of constitutions in Africa. The case of Burkina Faso which has been plunged into political turmoil, to the recent case of Togo, are glaring examples. Interestingly, constitutional provisions related to the term of office of Heads of state have been modified so as to extend the term of office of these leaders in power. Is it that there are no legal and institutional measures in place to prevent these leaders and their regimes from manipulating fundamental provisions of state constitutions? Are there no political parameters that can be put in place so as to prevent these leaders from manipulating fundamental provisions of state constitutions?

In most African State Constitutions like the Constitutions of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon…

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Posted by on October 26, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “The need for institutional and political means to estop the precarious tampering with Constitutions of African states, by Chofor Che

  1. Nadia E. Nedzel

    October 27, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    So sorry to hear this! I hate to see more countries going the way of Venezuela! Have you ever read James Madison’s Federalist 51 on Checks and Balances, especially where he explains that ‘ambition must be made to counteract ambition’ and how the US Constitution tries to do that? And also Federalist 10 on controlling factions?

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    • choforche

      October 29, 2020 at 10:50 pm

      It is really a pity Prof. Thanks for your comment. Thanks for also sharing more research especially from James Madison. Very much appreciated. 🙏🏽

       

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