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Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by Wbong: 6:40pm On Oct 21, 2011
Cameroon's President Paul Biya (78), in power since 1982, was re-elected by 77% of the electorate on October 9. He is routinely compared to other long-serving African autocrats including Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea.

Married to a woman 38 years his junior, Biya spends "working holidays" of up to three months in Geneva. In February 2008, when the country's constitution was amended to scrap term limits, taxi drivers started a revolt in which 200 people died.

The Mail & Guardian spoke to Achille Mbembe, a Cameroonian political theorist and historian based at Stellenbosch University, about what drives African autocrats like Biya and why they survive so long.

Were the elections free and fair?
In the present circumstances, the possibility of free and fair elections in Cameroon is quasi-nil. There is no independent institution in charge of administering elections. Elecam, which stands for such an institution, is controlled by the ruling party and most of its members are known to belong to that political formation. The entire state apparatus, from the bureaucracy to the police, the military and the official media, is mobilised to campaign for the incumbent. Even to talk about "elections" under such conditions is simply farcical.

Three decades at the helm and they continue re-electing him. And he does not seem to have campaigned much. Cameroonians must love him.
He firmly holds them by the balls. He has understood that, in order to stay in power, he needs to do nothing at all. He has invented a style of rule we should call "government by inaction", a form of spectral government that doesn't even require him to be in his country for long periods.

In fact, he spends much of his time either in the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva or in his village. He hardly ever holds a Cabinet meeting. He doesn't even seem to recognise some of the Cabinet members he himself has appointed.

If ordinary Cameroonians are tired of his leadership, how will change come?
It won't be the result of peaceful elections. Many citizens are disillusioned and are fast coming to the realisation that for change to happen might require a modicum of violence. The problem is that the social forces capable of organising such a violent revolt are missing.

Some opposition figures seem to be in bed with the government. Is there an opposition or a vibrant civil society?

The opposition is not only frag­mented, it's short of money and imagination. Corruption and venality are rife. Civil society is emasculated. Most people are struggling for daily survival. They are told -- including by the churches -- that peace at all costs is better than the quest for justice, freedom and dignity.
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by Afam4eva(m): 6:41pm On Oct 21, 2011
Good for him.
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by Wbong: 7:46pm On Oct 21, 2011
Biya is one of Africa's longest-standing heads of state.
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by Yeske2(m): 7:55pm On Oct 21, 2011
I think he needs the Gadaffi treatment
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by largie(f): 8:26pm On Oct 21, 2011
someone should send him 'before and after' pictures of Ghadaffi
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by Yeske2(m): 9:01pm On Oct 21, 2011
largie:

someone should send him 'before and after' pictures of Ghadaffi
Gbam!!!
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by naijaking1: 9:16pm On Oct 21, 2011
Yeske!:

I think he needs the Gadaffi treatment

I was just thinking the same.
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by Rhino5dm: 10:23pm On Oct 21, 2011
Where is that Nayah of a thing? . . .meanwhile congratulation to Ca-moroons for chosing a very good leader.
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by emofine(f): 10:48pm On Oct 21, 2011
I bet France has congratulated him already at the same time hailing Libya's "new found Democracy" . . .ha! what a juxtapose
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by Kobojunkie: 11:11pm On Oct 21, 2011
^^^^ Did France turn Libyans against GHaddafi? Which kind youths we dey breed for naija yi i?
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by Remii(m): 9:54am On Oct 22, 2011
emofine:

I bet France has congratulated him already at the same time hailing Libya's "new found Democracy" . . .ha! what a juxtapose

Don't mind those camelions, they don't have shame or decorum, they were hugging and smiling with Gadaffi few months b4 the revolution. No friend or enemy but Interest, simple.
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by Gbenge77(m): 10:12am On Oct 22, 2011
Wbong:

Biya is one of Africa's longest-standing heads of state.
and Mugabe as well.
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by MrResource(m): 10:16am On Oct 22, 2011
Popol has done it again,
Ohh, Mon pays!
Itz no news, was expected, no unity among the opposition parties #usual rigging#
le choix du peuple
Nayah ou est tu? Qu'est ce que vous dites?
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by doctokwus: 10:19am On Oct 22, 2011
D black african race wi continue to remain @d bottom of d ladder as long as we remain frozen stiff& allow dictators lord it over us.Notice that d revolution sweeping thru d Arab world,started in tunisia,africa has not made a single impact on d rest of d continent where worse dictators abound.
Ghadaffi was bad and dead,but compared to d likes of Paul Biya,Robert Mugabe,equitorial guinea,Omar Bongo,etc;d deposed arab leaders were saints.Yet d blacks accept dere lot or ar waiting for d almighty God to intervene,I LAUGH
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by odiaero(m): 10:21am On Oct 22, 2011
Na wao, the man better run b4 things fall apart
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by Nobody: 10:22am On Oct 22, 2011
congratulation to Ca-MOR-ON-ians for successfully voting in your great grandfather paul Beer again.

Keep drinking and dancing makosa! i guess that's all you need to live!

CONGRATS to u Neyah. I now understand y u enjoy spending time with Nigerians on NL i see you don't have men in your country - only makosa dancing she-males! No offense!
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by sinaoye(m): 10:27am On Oct 22, 2011
I hope Nigeria's foreign policy will reflect the fact that we dont support rulers who change their country's constitution Willy-nilly so they can rule fore-ever.

Please GEJ dont attend Biya's inauguration.

We dont want a repeat of the incident when he was booed after attending Museveni's inauguration (in power for the past 25 years). embarassed embarassed embarassed
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by lakhadimar: 10:31am On Oct 22, 2011
Juan carlos has been ruling spain since the death of generalissimo franco in 1975, vladimar putin was the president & now prime minister of russia for the past 10yrs he also wants to re-contest & he might be in power till 2024. But no one is calling them a tyrant since they are europeans
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by Nobody: 11:33am On Oct 22, 2011
Don't be naive about international politics. If Gaddafi made himself a slave of the west they would help him suppress the rebels like they helped Bahrain. After all the rebels were trained and sponsored by the West. Besides the main accuser in the Gaddafi regime Musa Kusa had all his offenses writen off once he changed camp

As long as any African country is bowing down to her slave masters the country's leadership can go on forever. Until we realize that regime change is tyranny and the west cannot be bothered if Africans are liberated or not we would continue in our current slavery.

Africa is in slavery, the slave masters have chosen some of their slaves to rule over their brothers. Just check who the Nigerian government officials report to in wikileaks and you would understand who is ruling us. Paul Biya would continue to rule the people until they wake up and once his people reject him the slave masters would dump him. That's the game that's our current international politics.


"Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach." - Joseph Stalin
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by snowdrops(m): 1:09pm On Oct 22, 2011
Yeske!:

I think he needs the Gadaffi treatment
Nah, the western powers are not interested as Cameroun has little oil.
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by ochukoccna: 1:23pm On Oct 22, 2011
NEXT thread please! undecided undecided undecided undecided undecided
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by ochukoccna: 1:29pm On Oct 22, 2011
belabela:

Don't be naive about international politics. If Gaddafi made himself a slave of the west they would help him suppress the rebels like they helped Bahrain. After all the rebels were trained and sponsored by the West. Besides the main accuser in the Gaddafi regime Musa Kusa had all his offenses writen off once he changed camp
As long as any African country is bowing down to her slave masters the country's leadership can go on forever. Until we realize that regime change is tyranny and the west cannot be bothered if Africans are liberated or not we would continue in our current slavery.
Africa is in slavery, the slave masters have chosen some of their slaves to rule over their brothers. Just check who the Nigerian government officials report to in wikileaks and you would understand who is ruling us. Paul Biya would continue to rule the people until they wake up and once his people reject him the slave masters would dump him. That's the game that's our current international politics.
"Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach." - Joseph Stalin

Thanks bro for your insight
Yet going by the CNN induced rants on NL after Gaddafi 's last breath, many a Nigerian are yet to receive this reality

snowdrops:

Nah, the western powers are not interested as Cameroun has little oil.
Haha
The real ace NATO was pursuing in the 'liberation' of Libya from Gaddafi's grip. shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by Wbong: 2:22pm On Oct 22, 2011
greateros:

congratulation to Ca-MOR-ON-ians for successfully voting in your great grandfather paul Beer again.

Keep drinking and dancing makosa! i guess that's all you need to live!

CONGRATS to u Neyah. I now understand y u enjoy spending time with Nigerians on NL i see you don't have men in your country - only makosa dancing she-males! No offense!

cameroon has samuel eto and a successful national team. they love to have fun, party and drink alot

Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by Nymphnode(m): 2:39pm On Oct 22, 2011
29 years of automated governance. Now thats large
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by eddy1977(m): 4:26pm On Oct 22, 2011
F@ck him. f@ck all cameroonians.in fact, f@ck all of us subsharan africans for being a low race.we are somewhere between monkeys and humans.
oh god,why did u make me african?
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by gascoign1(m): 5:00pm On Oct 22, 2011
He can rule 4 life for all i care, but one day monkey go go market and he nur go return like Ghadhafi,
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by gulfer: 6:09pm On Oct 22, 2011
Subtle facebook campaigns will awaken the youth. Must add that i don't know if access to Internet is restricted in the Cameroons.
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by Rgp92: 8:01pm On Oct 22, 2011
Africans with their low IQ grin
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by ektbear: 8:23pm On Oct 22, 2011
What a shame
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by TomFord: 8:31pm On Oct 22, 2011
For a grandfather who spends up to 3months at the Intercontinental in geneva,he really must be classy.Are his people in a trance?
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by ebecode(m): 8:36pm On Oct 22, 2011
This is bad for Africa.
Re: Paul Biya Reelected As Cameroon's President by pendo89(f): 8:37pm On Oct 22, 2011
eddy1977:

F@ck him. f@ck all cameroonians.in fact, f@ck all of us subsharan africans for being a low race.we are somewhere between monkeys and humans.
oh god,why did u make me african?

grin grin grin That is one very angry African man.

The only way to oust such a leader is for the opposition to form one strong party and throw him out through vote power.
It has happened in other African countries so what is wrong with others? Dont people ever get tired?
Problem with Africans is that the opposition is weak and greedy.Everybody wants to be president and so we never succeed.
Look at the kind of opposition in Cameroon sharing a bed with the goverment!

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