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Vol 49 No 12

Published 6th June 2008


Cameroon

Biya's purge

The President is about to sack some selected ministers for corruption but that won’t end the problem

Corruption scandals have become a handy way for President Paul Biya to brighten his image ahead of the 2011 presidential election. They allow him to boost his credentials for the domestic audience, which has developed a hard-nosed scepticism during his 26-year rule, while pleasing international donors. Forestry grabbed much attention in May after an foreign forestry company employee exposed some fraud-prone practices to the Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Elvis Ngolle Ngolle, and to several diplomatic missions.

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