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Constitutional Adjudication in Africa edited by Fombad, Charles M (31st August 2017)

Part 2 Archetypal Examples of Different Models of African Constitutional Adjudication, 2 Centralized Model of Constitutional Adjudication: The Constitutional Court of Benin

Sègnonna Horace Adjolohoun

From: Constitutional Adjudication in Africa

Edited By: Charles M Fombad

Since gaining independence on 1 August 1960 as Dahomey, Benin has experienced an eventful political and constitutional history. Between 1963 and 1972, the country experienced eight coups d’état , adopted ten constitutions 1 and had ten presidents. 2 Three major periods followed independence. The period from 1960 to 1972 was one of political instability and successive regime changes. Civilian and military regimes alternated. During this period, the country was sometimes described as ‘the sick child of Africa’, 3 with reference to its political turbulence and...
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