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After years of reluctance, Cameroon finally establishes constitutional court

The constitutional court, prescribed by Cameroon’s 1996 fundamental law, has finally been established on February 7, 2018 by Paul Biya. According to this fundamental law, the court is composed of 11 members appointed for a 6-year term which is renewable. The members are chosen based on notable and a proven reputation.

They must have “great integrity and established competencies”. The presidential decree, which established the court, appointed Clément Atangana as president and 10 other officials as members with most of them being former members of government. They are Emmanuel Bonde, Joseph Marie Bipoun Woum, Florence Rita Arrey, Emile Essombe, Paul Nchoji Nkwi, Jean-Baptiste Bakousda, Bah Oumarou Sanda, Charles Etienne Lekene Donfack, Jean Fouman Akame and Ahmadou Tidjani.

Seasoned Political Analyst, Ekinneh Agbaw Ebai comments:

Clement Atangana appointed President of the Constitutional Council; two Anglophones were included for window-dressing.
It is either Francophones don't know why Anglophones are angry or they know but they don't just care. In a supposedly bilingual nation of over 250 ethnic groups, how can anyone explain why Biya appoints only his Beti kith and kin to the commanding heights of authority in almost all positions in the public service and the army? The next Francophone president will do the same, so it is just a waste of time thinking we can belong to one nation with these people. From the President of the Republic, Senate President; House Speaker, ECOSOC President, Supreme Court President; and President of the Constitutional Council (all are Francophones). Before CPDM cheerleaders and regime apologists jump up with their predictable reaction that Biya has discretionary powers to appoint whoever he wants, let me remind them to check out the ages of the members of the Constitutional Council. I bet the youngest of them is 70 years old. We cannot continue putting up with such nonsense. We must get back to Buea...the resistance continues

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