Time running out for Cameroon’s one-man state

President Paul Biya has ruled Cameroon for 32 years (photo: dpa)
President Paul Biya has ruled Cameroon for 32 years (photo: dpa)

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya is one of Africa’s most entrenched leaders after 32 years in power. His next electoral test is in 2018 when he will be 85. But time is running out for this one-man state. There is a risk that with no succession-plan in place and a divided party, the country could face political and economic instability.

CAMEROON, created from merging a British and a French colony in 1961, has struggled from single-party rule to a multi-party system, and democracy has still to take a full hold.

Two decades of repressive government under President Ahmadou Ahidjo have been followed by 32 years under President Paul Biya, one of Africa’s most entrenched leaders, w...

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