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Cameroon Decides: Biya Seeks to Extend 36-Year Rule today

Cameroonians head to the polls Sunday in an election widely expected to extend the 36-year rule of President Paul Biya and confirm his place as one of Africa’s last multidecade leaders.



A victory for Biya, who has ruled since 1982, would usher in a seventh term for the 85-year-old and see him stay until at least the age of 92, bucking a tentative trend in Africa where many countries have installed presidential term limits. The only current African president to have ruled longer is Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

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It would maintain a long held status quo in the oil and cocoa producing Central African country where, despite relative economic stability and growth of more than 4 percent a year since Biya was last elected in 2011, many of its 24 million citizens live in deep poverty. Most have only known one president.

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