Cameroon's Biya to be candidate again

2011-07-18 07:41

Yaounde - Cameroon's veteran president Paul Biya will be the ruling party's candidate once again in presidential elections later this year, the party's spokesperson said on Sunday.

Biya "is the candidate of the RDPC" (Cameroon People's Democratic Movement), party spokesperson Jacques Fame Ndongo, who is also the country's minister for higher education, told state radio.

Biya, 78, is one of Africa's longest-ruling presidents, in power since 1982. Elections are expected in October.

Biya has yet to make a personal announcement that he will run.

The opposition has demanded he step down, even though he has benefited from a 2008 amendment to the constitution scrapping limits to presidential terms.

Fame Ndongo told the radio that Biya would also be candidate for "all the other [future] presidential elections until he himself decides otherwise".