Davies, Chief H. O.
January 1962
Foreign Affairs;Jan1962, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p293
Academic Journal
The article focuses on political situation in Africa. If revolutionary transformation of the African continent from a congeries of passive, dependent territories into an association of active, sovereign states attained its climax in 1960. At the end of 1959, there were only nine independent states on the continent, a year later there were 27. Perhaps the most fundamental problem that has confronted the newly independent states is the difficult task of fitting their people to the alien constitutions which have been adopted. The colonial powers have greatly influenced the former colonies in the making of their constitutions. With the coming of self-government, however, the alien system of parliamentary democracy, as practiced in the metropolitan country, was introduced, as it were, overnight. In the English-speaking states, party politics, electioneering campaigns, universal adult suffrage, secret ballot, parliament, ministries, the cabinet, the speaker and the opposition, all sprang into existence as if by the magician's wand. Elsewhere, the constitution followed the French presidential system.


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