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Title:The new Cameroonian Constitutional Council in a comparative perspective: progress or retrogression?
Author:Fombad, Charles MangaISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Law
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subject:constitutional courts
Abstract:The 1996 amendment to the Constitution of Cameroon saw the introduction of a Constitutional Council ostensibly designed to determine disputes between the organs of State and to protect fundamental rights and freedoms. This article critically examines the organization, functions and powers of the new body with a view to determining the extent to which it may, in practice, carry out its functions. It does this in the light of certain basic criteria, such as the Constitutional Council's independence, its accessibility, its competence and the nature and effects of its decisions, and in comparison with similar bodies in Africa and elsewhere. It concludes that the Cameroonian Constitutional Council is an obsolete and discredited body that is likely to remain under the control of the President of the Republic. Notes, ref., sum. (p. I).