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Vol 54 No 10

Published 10th May 2013


Cameroon

Upper house of cards

President Paul Biya has now appointed 30 Senators, bringing the new parliamentary upper house to its full complement of 100. Elections on 14 April – by an electoral college of local councillors whose terms had already expired – had already seen Biya’s Rassemblement démocratique du peuple camerounais (RDPC) take 56 of the 70 electable seats. The last 30 appointments were in Biya’s personal gift. Franck Emmanuel Biya was not on it, indicating that he must have finally rejected all his father’s blandishments to inherit the family business.

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