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Vol 52 No 1

Published 7th January 2011


Cameroon

To Biya or not to Biya

The President could easily rig his way back to power but may prefer to spring a surprise and quit

In power for the last 28 years, President Paul Biya, 77, will face his old rival in the presidential election scheduled for October. This is John Fru Ndi, 69, of the Social Democratic Front (SDF). We hear there is an outside chance that Biya may step down a few months before the poll, to frustrate the already divided opposition. In December, Biya met his rival for the first time in 20 years, at celebrations to mark Cameroon’s 50th birthday. The encounter took place at Bamenda, on Fru Ndi’s home turf. Another meeting before the elections was agreed on but looks unlikely to happen.

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