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Paul Biya, 88-year-old President of Cameroon, completes 39 years in power

Supporters of Cameroon’s 88-year-old President Paul Biya, Africa’s second longest-serving leader, celebrate his 39 years in office on 6 November. Biya, who has been the President of Cameroon since 1982, is rarely seen in public these days. Meanwhile, Biya’s opponents are saying that the renewed call for people aged eight to run for the presidency in 2025 may not be taken seriously.

Supporters of Cameroon’s ruling party, the Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement, CPDM, sang that Biya could still rule the Central African state for a seven-year term beginning in 2025.

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Biya was declared the winner in the country’s 2018 election with over 80% of the vote.

The song was sung in Cameroonian towns and villages during the celebration of Biya’s 39 years in office.

An event was held in Leki’s capital, Monatale, a department near Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé. Cameroon’s Minister of State Property, Survey and Land Tenure Henri Ibe Aisi, and Biya’s close aide escorted a CPDM party delegation to Leqi and they gave a special message to Biya supporters.

Henri Ibe Aisi, Cameroon’s Minister of State Property, Survey and Land Tenure, a close aide of President Paul Biya, speaks at Monatale on November 6, 2021. (Moki Edwin Kindjeka / VOA)

Ayici said the CPDM is appealing for a national consensus for Biya to seek a new term in 2025. Leckie Division is appealing to Biya to accept the call to run for president in 2025 and to continue the good work she is doing, he said. Cameron.

Ayici said Biya has maintained unity despite Boko Haram terrorism on Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria and the separatist crisis that has killed at least 3,000 people in the English-speaking western regions.

Ayici said that millions of Cameroonian children have access to education as Biya has built schools and universities in several towns and villages in the central African state.

As his current seven-year term ends in 2025, calls for Biya to run for president again echoed in many towns and villages, drawing criticism from Bia’s opponents.

Supporters of Cameroon's President Paul Biya are seen gathering at Monatale on November 6, 2021.  (Moki Edwin Kindjeka/VOA)

Supporters of Cameroon’s President Paul Biya are seen gathering at Monatale on November 6, 2021. (Moki Edwin Kindjeka/VOA)

Christopher Ndong, general secretary of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement – a party that claims its candidate Maurice Kamato won the 2018 election and Biya stole his victory – says Ndong’s invitation to Biya to become a candidate in 2025 means the CPDM wants is the octogenarian to die in the office.

“It’s a slap in the face to Cameroonians and democracy in this country. Given his age, what will he do with power? Right now, he’s not active. Honestly, it’s a provocation of the first order. Look at the chaos everywhere The country is in debt. In fact, it shows you that there is no one over the head. The call for 2025 should not be taken seriously as we know that the health of the head of state and state may not allow them to rule This country in 2025,” Nong said.

Ngole Ngole Elvis, head of the CPDM party academy and a close aide of Biya, says the calls for Biya to run are democratic. He says that instead of complaining that Biya has been in power for too long, the opposition should prepare to democratically vote for who they think should be their president in 2025.

“Wait for the next election and make sure you prepare for it in such a way that with your freedom, you must have the right campaign strategy, the right campaign message, the right manifesto, the right candidate,” Elvis said. .

Biya served as prime minister for seven years before becoming president. In 2008, he removed the term limit from the constitution, allowing him to serve indefinitely.

He is now the second longest-serving leader in sub-Saharan Africa after his neighbor Equatorial Guinea’s Theodoro Obiang Nguema, who has been in power since 1979.


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