Cameroon's Biya marks 30 years in power

2012-11-06 22:04

Douala - Cameroon's President Paul Biya is marking 30 years in power, and the ruling party has planned boisterous celebrations while banning the opposition from holding a protest.

The 79-year-old Biya has removed term limits from the constitution and vows to seek re-election in 2018 if his health permits. Official results showed he won last year's election with 78% of the vote.

The opposition, though, accuses Biya of commanding extensive control over the parliament, judiciary and the army.

They say ruling party officials prevented the opposition from holding an anti-Biya rally Tuesday. And they point to the fact that nearly two-thirds of Cameroonians lack access to potable water and electricity.

Observers also warn the country may plunge into a protracted power scramble in the event of Biya's abrupt demise.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-11-07 03:40

    Clever, nogal. He only rigged the vote so that it looked like the opposition got 22 % of the votes. African politics 101.

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