Côte d’Ivoire constitutional referendum sparks distrust

Peter Penar, Michigan State University In May 2016 Côte d’Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouattara set up a committee of experts to propose a new constitution. This came after he had promised to reform the constitution during his 2015 presidential campaign. The existing 2000 constitution bars citizens who are not born to an Ivoirian mother and father …

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Zuma court ruling: South Africans witness a massive day for democracy

Hugh Corder, University of Cape Town The accountability of public governance in South Africa has come a long way since 1994. When the transitional constitution was hammered out in negotiations in 1993, the primary consideration was to establish an unshakeable commitment to government under law in terms of a binding constitution. Founded on the “rule …

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