Cameroon’s Biya Can Count on Another Term, but the Opposition Isn’t Hopeless

Cameroonian President Paul Biya attends a signing ceremony at the Great Hall Of The People, Beijing, China, March 22, 2018 (Photo by Lintao Zhang for Getty Images via AP images).
Cameroonian President Paul Biya attends a signing ceremony at the Great Hall Of The People, Beijing, China, March 22, 2018 (Photo by Lintao Zhang for Getty Images via AP images).

When Cameroon’s 85-year-old president, Paul Biya, announced on Twitter earlier this month that he would be running for a seventh consecutive term in October, it was a chance for the world to marvel anew at his remarkable longevity. Biya came to power 36 years ago, taking over for Ahmadou Ahidjo, Cameroon’s first president. Though the transfer was amicable, the two men were soon engaged in a power struggle that forced Ahidjo into exile. He would later be sentenced in absentia to life in prison for allegedly plotting against Biya, and he never returned, dying in Senegal in 1989. The Ahidjo […]

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