Paul Biya seeks seventh term in Cameroon’s 2018 presidential election

Cameroon's Presidential election was held on Sunday, October 7, 2018 and the results will not be available until the end of the week. Current president Paul Biya is highly likely to extend his 36-years, making him one of Africa’s longest serving leaders. Biya, 85-year-old, who has been president since 1982 is seeking another seven-year term. He changed the country's constitution which mandated two seven-year term limits in 2008 allowing him to run for re-election until his death.

 

Although the polls have closed, there were reported disruptions and a number of violent incidents in the English-speaking parts of the country, leaving at least three people dead. Activists have symbolically declared the two anglophone regions the independent Republic of Ambazonia. Separatists in the English-speaking regions also announced a boycott of the poll, and many voters there were too scared to go to the polls. At least 400 civilians have been killed in unrest in the past year, and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes.

 

According to Heifer Project International:

Cameroon is ranked 150th on the 2011 Human Development Index, and it is estimated that 48 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Poverty in Cameroon is largely a rural phenomenon; 55 percent of the country's poor live in rural areas.

 

Cameroon's presidential candidates are:

Paul Biya (RDPC/CPDM), Garga Haman Adji (ADD), Maurice Kamto (MRC/CRM), Libi’i Li Ngue Ngue Cabril (Univers), Serge Espoir Matomba (PURS/UPSR), Muna Tabeng Akere (FPD/PFD), Ndam Njoya Adamou (UDC/CDU), Franklin Afanwi Ndifor (MCNC/CNCM), Joshua Osih (SDF/FSD).

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