Cameroon and Chad
Cameroon

Cameroon’s National Assembly opened an extraordinary session on Friday to examine a draft law on “decentralized territorial authorities,” House Speaker Cavaye Yeguie Djibril said.

The government is expected to table bills on the decentralisation reform in the course of the session.

Business24

Minister of Decentralization and Local Governance Georges Elanga Obam said the reform will be key to ending a separatist conflict in the English-speaking regions of Northwest and Southwest.

“We want to amend the law to ensure that the framework that is governing the decentralization process suits the actual situation,” Obam told Xinhua.

Cameroon’s Anglophone regions, representing about 20 percent of the country’s largely French-speaking population, have been rocked by a crisis for over two years after armed separatists there declared “independence.”

In October 2019, a national dialogue to end the conflict recommended that the Anglophone regions should be given a “special status.” Enditem

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