African Political Parties: Evolution, Institutionalisation by M. A. Mohamed Salih

By M. A. Mohamed Salih

The authors of this assortment interrogate the political health and wellbeing of African political events and assessment the idea and perform of celebration features, ideology and constitution.

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In the south, fullscale civil war erupted again as a reaction to the introduction of Islamic laws by the northern-dominated government and the division of the south into three regions (which undermined the Addis Ababa Agreement) in a typical ‘divide and rule’ policy. The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and its political wing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) were established in 1983, perceived by their leaders as an all-Sudanese national movement. The combination of the redivision of the south, the introduction of the sharia law, the renewed civil war, and growing economic problems eventually contributed to the demise of the SSU.

212). The economic crisis Salih 01 chaps 23/12/02 17:10 Page 25 INTRODUCTION 25 created a sense of unity between democrats and human rights activists who felt that the non-democratic management of the country’s affairs had denied them the right to participate in the making of their own destiny. As we will see in the following section, General Babangida responded by initiating a programme for transition to democratic rule in the face of an increasingly militant political activism that swept through Nigeria.

An additional 30 Derg members took up influential posts in sub-regional administration and in central ministries. After 1978 the presence of military personnel in the bureaucracy expanded so greatly that not only members of the Derg but also other trusted military men served in such roles. It is revealing that 79 of the 123 members of the Central Committee were army or police officers. There were at least 20 Derg members in this group, and others held important regional posts in the bureaucracy as well as in COPWE.

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