Benin: resignation of the President of the Constitutional Court

Six months before the legislative elections in Benin, the president of the constitutional court Joseph Djogbénou resigned on July 12, 2022.

Received in audience by President Patrice Talon the day before, Mr. Djogbénou, also a former personal lawyer for the Beninese head of state, had been at the head of the constitutional court since June 2018. His mandate was due to end in June 2023.

The press release does not specify the reasons for this resignation.

A lawyer by profession, Joseph Djogbénou was elected deputy in 2015, then appointed Minister of Justice after the election of Patrice Talon in 2016.

With this resignation, it is Razaki Amouda, current vice-president who takes the head of the institution.

DRC: Dieudonné Kamuleta new President of the Constitutional Court

The Constitutional Court has a new president. This is Judge Dieudonné Kamuleta Badibanga, who was elected on Tuesday, June 21 by his peers after an elective plenary assembly. He succeeds Dieudonné Kaluba Dibwa, who left the Court in a draw organized last May.

Dieudonné Kamuleta has a mandate of 3 years once renewable in accordance with article 158 paragraph 5 of the Constitution of February 18, 2006 as revised and supplemented to date.

This election comes after the President of the Republic, Félix Tshisekedi received, on Wednesday June 15, the oath of three new judges who again handed over the full staff of the Court, i.e. 9 judges. They are judges Christian Bahati Yuma, Sylvain Lumu Mbaya and Mandza Andia Dieudonné who officially replaced judges Evariste Prince Funga Mwata Molima, Dieudonné Kaluba Dibwa and Polycarpe Mongulu.

It should be noted that the CC of the DR Congo has been a founding member of the CJCA since 2011.

Membership of the Supreme Court of Mauritius to the CJCA

In a letter addressed to the President of the CJCA dated July 15, 2022, Chief Justice Mrs. Bibi Rehana Mungly-Gulbul officially requested the membership of the CS of Mauritius in the CJCA.

With this membership, the CJCA now has 48 members.

Mauritania: appointment of four new members of the Constitutional Council

The Presidency of the Republic of Mauritania published on Tuesday, December 14 a decree appointing four new members of the Constitutional Council. They are :

Ms. Hawa Tandia, and Messrs: Ikebrou ould Mohamed Sedik, Ghali Mahmoud Abeïd and Bilal Dick

As a reminder, "the Constitutional Council has nine (9) members, whose mandate lasts nine (9) years and is not renewable. The Constitutional Council is renewed by thirds (1/3) every three years. Four members are appointed by the President of the Republic, three by the President of the National Assembly and two by the President of the Senate. The members of the Constitutional Council must be at least thirty-five (35) years old. ... "

Visit of the President of the CJCA in Algiers

ALGIERS- The President of the Constitutional Court, Omar Belhadj affirmed, on December 1 in Algiers, the commitment of Algeria to continue its full support to the Conference of African Constitutional Courts (CJCA), describing this body as an "achievement" for the Constitutional Justice and the judiciary in Africa.

Mr. Belhadj who received his Angolan counterpart and President of the CJCA, Laurinda Cardoso on a working visit to Algeria, stressed the commitment of Algeria to "continue its full support" to the Conference of African Constitutional Courts (CJCA).

"Algeria will always remain faithful to its commitment to consolidate this African institution," said Belhadj, who recalled that Algeria housed the permanent headquarters of this body and was the origin of the initiative to create this building in accordance with its principle, namely to federate Africans in the best interests of our countries, highlighting "the role of these institutions in the development of the African constitutional justice system.

The meeting was attended by the member of the Court, Laila Asslaoui, the permanent SG of the CJCA, Moussa Laraba and the chief of staff of the Constitutional Court

Guinea Bissau, election of a new President of the Supreme Court of Justice

The judge - Councillor José Pedro Sambu was elected this Friday, December 10th, new President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Guinea Bissau, replacing Mamadú Saido Baldé, who died last August, following a complication due to Covid.

Out of an electoral body composed of 12 judges, 8 voted for Mr. Sambu, the two other candidates did not obtain any vote, four other judges did not participate in the vote.

The new President is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of Bissau and was elected President of the National Electoral Commission (CNE) of Guinea-Bissau in February 2021.

The Supreme Court of Justice of Guinea Bissau is a founding member of the CJCA, since 2011.

Algeria: The members of the new Constitutional Court known

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has signed presidential decrees on the Constitutional Court,
"Pursuant to Articles 91 paragraph 7, 186 and 188 of the Constitution, the President of the Republic, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Minister of National Defense, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune has signed presidential decrees on the composition of the Constitutional Court:  

1-Appointed on behalf of the President of the Republic: 
-Mr. Omar Belhadj, President 
-Ms. Leila Aslaoui, member 
-Mr Bahri Saadallah, member  
-Mr. Mesbah Menas, member 
 
2- Elected in the name of the judiciary: 
-Mr. Djilali Miloudi, member (Supreme Court)
-Mr. Amal Eddine Boulenouar, member (State Council)

3- Elected as professors of Constitutional Law at the national level:
-Mrs. Fatiha Benabbou, member 
-Mr Abdelouaheb Khrif, member 
-Mr Abbas Ammar, member 
-Mr Abdelhafidh Oussoukine, member 
-Mr Omar Boudiaf, member 
-Mr Mohamed Boufertas, member ".

Mozambique to host the 3rd International Symposium of the CJCA

The 3rd International Symposium of the Conference of African Constitutional Courts (CJCA), organized in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), on the theme "Electoral Process: Transparency, Inclusion and Integrity" and held in Maputo - Mozambique,

on October 14 and 15, 2021 brought together the Presidents of the Supreme Courts and Constitutional Courts and Councils of Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Mali, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Representative of the African Union, present in Maputo as well as members of other jurisdictions from Benin, Burundi, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Madagascar, Mauritania, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Togo, and the President of the Venice Commission, having participated online.

The Symposium was enhanced by the presence of the President of the Republic of Mozambique who delivered a speech at the opening session.

The papers will be published in a special issue of the "Revista Concelho Constitutcional da Mocambique", which will be released on November 4, and which will be dedicated to this event.