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Biya to run for re-election

2011-09-04 22:19

Yaounde - Members of Cameroon's ruling party say the long time leader will run for re-election after nearly 30 years in office.

A delegation of ruling party members on Sunday submitted documents to election officials on behalf of President Paul Biya.

Party secretary-general Rene Emmanuel Sadi said: "The president of the republic has answered the people's call" to run in the October 9 poll."

Biya has been president since 1982 and is considered one of Africa's remaining strongmen. He changed the constitution so he can run again this year.

Cameroon's parliament in July adopted a new law allowing citizens living overseas to vote in the presidential election, a move that could step up pressure on Biya.

The government estimates that as many as five million Cameroonians reside abroad.