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Cameroon political rivalries may lead to instability

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Significance

Although many factors explain his political longevity, one key element is his consistent ability to maintain rivalries among powerful subordinates. In part, this is expressed by governance through overlapping and parallel structures. Most recently this has been illustrated through his relationship with the powerful secretary-general of the presidency, Ferdinand Ngoh-Ngoh.

Impacts

  • Ties with France may grow warmer following President Emmanuel Macron's July visit.
  • Tensions within Cameroon's ruling circles will pose an obstacle to any longer-term resolution of the anglophone crisis.
  • Recent reductions in violence in the Southwest region will facilitate increased economic activity there.

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