"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

5.27.2009

if at first you don't succeed...

...you can always behave like a petulant child. That's what Niger's President Mamadou Tandja is doing Since his country's constitutional court won't let him run for a third term, he dissolved Parliament. Because if the judicial system says you can't do something, the best course of action is attacking the legislature. Clearly.

The best part of the article in what is otherwise just another account of one of the last gasps of the era of open disregard for democracy and the rule of law in West Africa? The reference to Niger as "uranium-rich," a distinction that never would've made it into this story were it not for the sordid Valerie Plame/Scooter Libbey/we all know it was Dick Cheney affair. And they say nothing new ever happens in Niamey.

3 Comments:

Blogger Charlie Mac said...

Well, when one does not get what one wants one has to use all the power one has to get what one wants.
Is this not similar in ethics to a US Circuit Court judge saying "the Appeals Court is where policy is made."?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 6:42:00 AM

 
Blogger Nana Adu said...

Calling a referendum violates the presidential oath according to the recent Constitutional Court ruling. Violating the presidential oath constitutes high treason, the only crime for which a sitting president may be prosecuted in Niger. High treason would be judged by the parliamentary High Court of Justice. Could be Tandja wants to preclude any inconvenient proceedings

Thursday, May 28, 2009 3:18:00 AM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

Okay, thanks for the clarification.

Thursday, May 28, 2009 11:28:00 AM

 

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