Who Is The President Of Cameroon?


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Paul Biya (his full name is actually Paul Barthélemy Biya'a bi Mvondo, although I think I'll just stick to Paul Biya...) has been Cameroon's President since 1982.

Paul Biya: President of Cameroon Biya belongs to the Southern Beti-Pahuin ethnic group and served under President Ahmadou Ahidjo until 1975, when he became Prime Minister.

In 1982 he went on to become President following Ahidjo's resignation. This led to bad blood between Biya and Ahidjo, with the result that the latter was subsequently forced into exile.

Cameroonian presidency Paul Biya has come under severe criticism in recent years for having a rather authoritarian and hard-line approach. He is particularly unpopular among the Anglophones (the English speaking population) of Cameroon.

Despite this, Biya managed to win another term in the 2004 elections, with over 70 percent of the votes going his way (although there are widespread allegations of fraud).

Cameroon's President also holds the titles of Head of State and Head of the Armed Forces. The President has a wide range of powers, and although the country has a National Assembly, his powers allow him to circumvent it.

He is responsible for the appointments of the Prime Minister, and all civil and military posts of the state. He also has the power to dissolve the National Assembly and, in special cases, to declare a state of emergency.

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