DICTATORSHIP ON THE RISE IN CAMEROON….THE ECONOMIST DEMOCRACY INDEX





Cameroon has been ranked among the most authoritarian states in Africa, as well as among the least democratic countries in the region in a new Democracy Index published by renown magazine the Economist.

According to the new report, Cameroon was ranked among the top twenty most authoritarian states in Africa. The country performed poorly in all four categories measured by the report. Cameroon has one of the worst functioning government in the region, and there is widespread abuse of civil liberties, while the electoral process is significantly flawed.


“In Cameroon…the president secured a seventh term in elections held in October. The poll was characterised by low voter turnout amid poor security and severe irregularities that have left Cameroonians disillusioned with the fairness of the process” the report notes.

Military men in action
The findings in the new report reflect similar findings by the Mo Ibrahim Governance Index report published in 2018. The Mo Ibrahim governance Index report noted the spike in authoritarian governance in Cameroon, widespread corruption, abuse of civil and political rights, and a dysfunctional state.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide for 165 independent states and two territories. This covers almost the entire population of the world and the vast majority of the world’s states (microstates are excluded).




DICTATORSHIP ON THE RISE IN CAMEROON....THE ECONOMIST DEMOCRACY INDEX
DICTATORSHIP ON THE RISE IN CAMEROON….THE ECONOMIST DEMOCRACY INDEX

Cameroon daily spoke to dozens of Cameroonians in Yaounde about the new report, who said they were very concerned about the dysfunctional government in Cameroon, and widespread police and military brutality. “Civil servants are paid to serve the public, but the public service is more like a drinking club, no accountability, little or no consideration of public and economic value of decisions, and pompous corruption. If this country was a business it would have closed decades ago’ Yangue a resident in Yaounde told Cameroon daily.


“Why won’t this country be ranked among the worst governed countries in Africa? The president is afloat of what is happening. He just appointed a new government that does not really reflect what the public wants”, another resident in Yaounde told the paper.

The Democracy Index is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Based on its scores on a range of indicators within these categories, each country is then itself classified as one of four types of regime: “full democracy”, “flawed democracy ”, “hybrid regime” and “authoritarian regime”.Democracy is Dying in Cameroon according to The Economist New Democracy Index


Cameroon has been ranked among the most authoritarian states in Africa, as well as among the least democratic countries in the region in a new Democracy Index published by renown magazine the Economist.

According to the new report, Cameroon was ranked among the top twenty most authoritarian states in Africa. The country performed poorly in all four categories measured by the report. Cameroon has one of the worst functioning government in the region, and there is widespread abuse of civil liberties, while the electoral process is significantly flawed.

“In Cameroon…the president secured a seventh term in elections held in October. The poll was characterised by low voter turnout amid poor security and severe irregularities that have left Cameroonians disillusioned with the fairness of the process” the report notes.


Military men in action
The findings in the new report reflect similar findings by the Mo Ibrahim Governance Index report published in 2018. The Mo Ibrahim governance Index report noted the spike in authoritarian governance in Cameroon, widespread corruption, abuse of civil and political rights, and a dysfunctional state.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide for 165 independent states and two territories. This covers almost the entire population of the world and the vast majority of the world’s states (microstates are excluded).


“Why won’t this country be ranked among the worst governed countries in Africa? The president is afloat of what is happening. He just appointed a new government that does not really reflect what the public wants”, another resident in Yaounde told the paper.

The Democracy Index is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Based on its scores on a range of indicators within these categories, each country is then itself classified as one of four types of regime: “full democracy”, “flawed democracy ”, “hybrid regime” and “authoritarian regime”.


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