African Democracy:Timelines Between Inauguration and Appointment of Cabinet: Case Study of 4 Nations

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Wednesday, June 05, 2019  /  03.20PM  /  Ottoabasi Abasiekong for Proshare WebTV


By Q2 2019 Africa witnessed several elections and the successful inauguration of civilian governments in four African countries namely; Congo DRC, Senegal, South Africa and  Nigeria. 

The elections attest to the growth of democracy on the continent, which used to be dominated by military rulers. 

Through infographics displayed below, we bring you a comparative analysis of the timelines of the inauguration of the Presidents and the period of inauguration.


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It also showcases the composition of the cabinet in two countries Senegal and South Africa.(Infographics)


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The emphasis here is to explore how some African countries have evolved seamless processes in ensuring that the gap between inauguration and appointment of cabinets are closed, while other African countries have to improvise their processes to enhance governance for the citizens.



In Senegal, President Macky Sall was inaugurated on April 3, 2018, as President after winning the elections for a second term and appointed his cabinet on April 8, 2018. 

The Timeline and space between inauguration and cabinet appointment were five days. 

In terms of composition and gender distribution out of the 34 Ministers appointed 27 are men, while 7 are women.


South Africa

On May 25, 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa was inaugurated after winning the elections, and on May 29, 2019, he appointed the cabinet. 

The timeline and space between inauguration and cabinet appointment was a 4-day interval. 

In terms of composition and gender distribution out of 28 Ministers, 14 are Men, while 14 are also Women meaning a 50% representation.


Congo DRC

President Felix Tshishekedi was sworn in on January 24, 2019; since then he is yet to announce his cabinet. 

His swearing into office is over five months, and it is expected that with ongoing negotiations with other parties, cabinet members will be announced very soon. 

The gap of over five months is not good, and it is expected that efforts will be made to address this to drive policies and governance in the country.



President Muhammadu Buhari,  GCFR, was inaugurated for a second term in office on May 29, 2019. With over a week since inauguration, the cabinet has not yet been announced alongside some critical principal officers. 

While Nigeria’s case requires the National Assembly to be constituted to attend to a cabinet list, it is expected that when the 9th Assembly resumes in the second week of June 2019, the President will announce his cabinet members. 

In 2015 during the first term of the Buhari administration,  it took about six months before a cabinet was sworn to office.


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