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Vol 49 No 24

Published 28th November 2008


Cameroon

Biya's grip

The economy is faltering but the opposition is struggling and the dictator President is ill

Twenty-six years in power do not explain the grip on Cameroon of Paul Biya and his ethnic clique. The tight circle of praise-singers who marked the President's 26th anniversary on 6 November were among the few Cameroonians who looked happy. In Biya's home province, let alone the opposition strongholds, there seemed to be a national indifference to his apparently interminable grip on power. Conspicuously, he stayed away from the muted celebrations.

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