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March 26, 2012


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Dear Dibussi,

While i agree with almost all your previous writings, I do no agree with this claim that in 1992 Cameroon had "opposition-dominated multiparty parliament" that failed to secure a two-round electoral system for the country. Would you call opposition parties like MDR and the rest that formed a coalition with the CPDM as sincerely oppositional when it came to voting on major issues? Would such parties vote in sympathy with the CPDM or would they vote in harmony with the hard core opposition? Your answer is as right as mine.


Some will point accusing fingers to France for not allowing Cameroon to have a two round presidential election system in Cameroon.Others school of taught will accused politicians in power for not giving room to this.I am just wondering if France came in and organised the Senegalese elections be it one way or two way.To me,our electoral system is not the problem of Biya ceding or losing power to the opposition.The problem lies in the conscience of our politicians in power who are bend on not leaving power and see Cameroon as their private property.In a two way Presidential election,Biya will always have a diabolic solution to emerge victory


Excuse me.......In a two way Presidential election,Biya will always have a diabolical solution to emerge victorious

Oyono Mbia

Numberically, the 1992 parliament was dominated by opposition parties, one of which had allied with the CPDM but was ready to vote with the other opposition parties on the issues of (1) 2-round electoral system and (2) residency clause. In both instances, the party that sabotaged both efforts was the UPC because its Secretary-General Augustin Kodock, who was locked in a political battle with Hogbe Nlend for the control of the UPC, had entered in a secret deal with the Biya regime.

With the benefit of a 20-year hindsight, we can now call the UPC and UNDP "fake" opposition parties but a look at the quality and caliber of their MPs in 1992 and even the quality of parliamentary debates back then is a far cry from the nonsense that we see today. So I will agree with Mr. Tande that an opposition-dominated parliament failed to go through with the 2-round system in 1992 at a time when only the top brass of the CPDM realized its real significance..

General aboyo

This is not the case in countries where their leaders are really Patriotic.In Cameroon our leaders especially the northeners are realy hungry for power and bare ready to cheap in thing so as to reach the summit even if it is at the detriment of the population.So far as CPDM is in control ,Nothing truthful can come from them apart from maintaining Paul Bya in power so as to rtender cameroonians hopeless.


Great post!! very informative.
Thank you very much for such a lovely and informative post.

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