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Vol 52 No 22

Published 4th November 2011


Cameroon

Biya’s last hurrah

President Paul Biya’s sixth – and surely final – election on 9 October was marked by a dearth of congratulatory messages from fellow heads of government. Neighbour President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba of Gabon bucked the trend while the United States prodded other, seemingly indifferent governments (even France), into issuing statements attacking the probity of the polls. Biya’s official share of the vote, announced on 21 October, was 78%, matching his age (AC Vol 52 No 20, Election fails to stir passions).

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