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Title:Nationalism, Democratisation and Political Opportunism in Cameroon
Author:Takougang, Joseph
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies
Geographic term:Cameroon
Women's Issues
Politics and Government
About persons:Ahmadou Ahidjo (1924-1989)ISNI
Paul Biya (1933-)ISNI
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/0258900032000142455
Abstract:This paper examines the political intrigues, manipulation, and intimidation used by political leaders in Cameroon, both during the nationalist period and the recent democratization process, to acquire positions of power and political privilege, often to the detriment of their perceived political agenda. In the case of the former French trust territory, Ahmadou Ahidjo embraced reunification with the British Cameroons only when he thought this was crucial for retaining power in a postcolonial situation. Similarly, political leaders in the former British Southern Cameroons advocated reunification when it suited them, but tried to discard it when it no longer served their political interests. Between 1962 and 1972, President Ahidjo was able to gain complete control of Cameroon's politics, leading to the creation of the one-party State (1966) and eventually the dissolution of the Federation (1972). His successor in 1982, Paul Biya, continued to exploit the ambitions of opportunistic politicians and, despite succumbing to demands for change in the 1990s, he remained in control of the pace and process of the change. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]