Cameroon president, Paul Biya, seeks 7th term in office

The President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, announced on Friday his intentions to run for a seventh consecutive term in office in the October election.

Biya, 85, who has been Cameroon’s head of state for 35 years, disclosed this via his official twitter account.

“I will be your candidate in the next presidential election,” he wrote.

The president came in to power in 1982 when his predecessor retired and is now seeking a seventh term in office.

The move would leave him in rare company after former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh were ousted in 2017.

Of Africa’s living rulers, only Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has ruled uninterrupted for longer, PUNCH reports.

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Biya, who has ruled virtually by decree since taking office, scrapped term limits from the constitution in 2008, allowing him to run again and sparking riots in which over 40 people were killed.

The election, scheduled on Oct. 7, comes at a turbulent time for the Central African country and for Biya.

A separatist insurgency in the western English-speaking regions has killed 84 troops in September 2018, while a drop in the price of its key cocoa and oil exports has weighed on the economy.

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