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Info net: Jeune Afrique reveals the content of the letter that Maurice Kamto went to submit to the Presidency of the Republic

  Jeune Afrique croit savoir ce que contient la correspondance que Maurice Kamto est allé lui-même déposer au Palais de l’Unité le 21 Décembre 2022. Ce qui est présenté comme le contenu de l’enveloppe est révélé dans un article publié ce 28 Décembre 2022 sur le site Internet du journal panafricain. L’on apprend ainsi que

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Info net: Jeune Afrique reveals the content of the letter that Maurice Kamto went to submit to the Presidency of the Republic

Jeune Afrique believes it knows what is contained in the correspondence that Maurice Kamto went himself to deposit at the Palace of Unity on December 21, 2022. What is presented as the contents of the envelope is revealed in an article published on December 28, 2022 on the website of the Pan-African newspaper. We thus learn that “Maurice Kamto's file concerns a matter of international politics, in this case the dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria around the Bakassi peninsula. This is at the heart of a legal conflict that Abuja and Yaoundé have been waging before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for more than fifteen years”. The publication founded by the late Béchir Ben Yahmed explains that although the verdict in the Bakassi case was rendered in favor of Cameroon in 2002, “several disagreements indeed remain between the two countries about the course of the border. In addition, a Nigerian separatist movement, which is fighting for the independence of Biafra, operates in the region, regularly clashing with the Cameroonian army”. Enough for Kamto who participated in the victory 20 years ago to sound the alarm. Here is the full article of Jeune Afrique Letter from Maurice Kamto to Paul Biya: what the letter from the Cameroonian opponent contains The president of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon has deposited at the presidential palace of Etoudi a letter intended for the Head of State, December 21. If Maurice Kamto did not wish to communicate on its content, Jeune Afrique learned the content of this mysterious fold. By Mathieu Olivier (Jeune Afrique) Photography caused a stir. Shared on social networks, it shows one of Maurice Kamto's vehicles at one of the entrances to the Etoudi Palace, seat of the Cameroonian presidency. On December 21, the opponent went there in order to hand in a file to the agents of the Presidential Security Directorate stationed there. A matter of international politics Since then, speculation has been rife, the president of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (MRC) himself having chosen not to reveal the contents of the letter addressed to the Head of State, Paul Biya. His party simply split, on December 23, a press release evoking “a letter on a sensitive subject of national interest”. According to information from Jeune Afrique, Maurice Kamto's file concerns a matter of international politics, in this case the dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria around the Bakassi peninsula. This is at the heart of a legal conflict that Abuja and Yaoundé have been waging before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for more than fifteen years. Even if the ICJ issued a judgment in 2002 asking Nigeria to cede the disputed territory to Cameroon, several disagreements remain between the two countries about the course of the border. In addition, a Nigerian separatist movement, which is fighting for the independence of Biafra, operates in the region, regularly clashing with the Cameroonian army. In the name of the “national interest” Five soldiers from the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR, Cameroonian special forces) were killed there last July in clashes with the Biafran rebels. “The region is still in the throes of instability and there are more and more voices in Nigeria calling into question the judgment of the ICJ in 2002”, summarizes an expert in Yaoundé. But Maurice Kamto was one of the main actors in the Bakassi file on the side of the Cameroonian authorities. Lawyer, specialized in public international law, the opponent was thus part of the delegation designated by Paul Biya during the negotiations which led to the decision of the ICJ in 2002 then to the retrocession agreements between Yaoundé and Abuja in 2006. following this first victory, he was appointed deputy minister in 2004. one of his relatives. He would then have “offered his analysis of the file” to Paul Biya, in the name of “the national interest”.

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A new report on African governance released Wednesday (Jan. 25) finds much of the continent is “less safe, secure and democratic” than it was 10 years ago, citing a surge in military coups and armed conflicts.

The democratic backsliding now threatens to reverse decades of progress made in Africa, according to an index of governance compiled by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation that notes 23 successful and attempted coups since 2012.

“This phenomenon of coup d’etats that was common in the '80s seems to have become fashionable again in certain parts of Africa,” said Ibrahim, a British billionaire born in Sudan who is using his fortune to promote democracy and political accountability in Africa.

His foundation's report cited eight successful coups just since 2019. Mali and neighboring Burkina Faso have seen two each during that time, further destabilizing a part of the world already under siege by Islamic militants.

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The report's authors also found overall security problems pervasive: Over the past decade, nearly 70% of Africans saw security and rule of law decrease in their countries, they said. More than 30 countries declined in this category, according to the index.

South Sudan ranked at the bottom, followed by Somalia, Eritrea, Congo, Sudan, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Burundi, Libya and Equatorial Guinea.

Government violence against civilians and political unrest increased across Africa since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the report says, with governments using restrictions to clamp down on dissent.

“Although this trend predates the pandemic, existing antidemocratic tendencies have been accelerated by the introduction of restrictive measures and emergency provisions that have been left in place for an extended time period,” it said.

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                          Cameroon, who hosted the previous edition and came fourth, also needed only one point to finish first in Group E, but fell 1-0 to Niger, who snatched top spot.

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                          Madagascar play Mozambique in Constantine and Niger tackle two-time runners-up Ghana in Oran on Saturday (Jan. 28).

                          None of the eight teams that made it to the quarterfinals in 2018, made it to the knockout stage this time.

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