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The Quest for Constitutionalism in Africa

Selected Essays on Constitutionalism, the Nationality Problem, Military Rule and Party Politics

Asmelash Beyene and Gelase Mutahaba

Since the wave for national rule and independence from the colonial powers during the 1960's Africa's struggle for democratic rule has often been frustrated by an uneasy relationship between civil society and the military. This relationship has brought about grave human right abuses and lack of respect for the democratic values enshrined in constitutional rule. The end result was political instability and a retarded process of political development. This book, therefore, examines constitutional development in selected East Africa countries, the role of the army, the nationality question and constitutional accommodation and political parties, elections and political instability.
Contents: Constitutionalism and political stability - National question - Constitutional accommodation - Election and Political parties - The Role of the military.