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At 85, President Biya seeks seventh term in office

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President of Cameroon Paul Biya, yesterday said that he would seek re-election for seventh term in office in October.

Biya, who came to power in 1982 when his predecessor, Ahmadou Ahidjo, retired, is seeking a seventh term in office that could see him rule into his 90s.

“I am willing to respond positively to your overwhelming calls. I will stand as your candidate in the upcoming presidential election,” Biya said in a tweet yesterday.

Biya, who has ruled virtually by decree since taking office, scrapped term limits from the constitution in 2008, allowing him to run again and sparking riots in which over 40 people were killed. The election, scheduled on October 7, comes at a turbulent time for the Central African country and for Biya.


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