In Africa's three most recent elections -- in Benin, Malawi and Mauritania -- ascendant leaders are seeking to consolidate authority, while trampling over the valid concerns and democratic aspirations of citizens.
On this day forty-seven years ago, Cameroon ceased to be a federal republic and became instead a unitary state, essentially scrapping our 1961 constitution. May 20 is consequently a time in which Anglophones are reminded of this tragedy – the overall ruse that was employed to institutionalize the marginalization of their people.
I am asking that our international partners, media outlets and journalists, and fellow democrats worldwide to pay close attention to our election. I assure you that something is happening on the ground. Mauritanians are increasingly demanding and agitating for the democratic future that they deserve.
In Togo, the government of Faure Gnassingbe is cleverly managing the expectations of the international community in a highly manipulative way, restricting civil liberties within the country while making surface-level, seemingly positive adjustments to the long-ruling regime. Do not be fooled by the duplicity, writes guest blogger Wolali Ahlijah.
To be sure, reclaiming peace in Cameroon, and in turn, the Central African region, is of paramount importance today and moving forward. It is manifestly evident that the Biya government is both unwilling and incapable of achieving these necessary ends, which are being demanded by the country’s long beleaguered citizens, as well as neighboring countries.