Cameroon sets presidential vote date

2011-08-30 22:39

Yaounde - Cameroon's longtime leader has decreed that presidential elections will be held October 9.

State radio read the decree on Tuesday on behalf of President Paul Biya.

Biya has been president since 1982 and is considered one of Africa's remaining strongmen.

He has not officially announced he is running for re-election, but he changed the constitution so he can run again this year and his ruling party officials have urged him to run.

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 5 million Cameroonians reside in other countries.