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CURRENT OLDEST AFRICAN PRESIDENT WHO HAS SERVED FOR 39 YEARS

President Paul Biya who is the President of West African Nation Cameroon is Currently the oldest President in Africa.





Boys became the president of Cameroon in November 1982 and he has been ruling for the past 39 years (that is over 3 decades).

The cameroonian president, Biya who was born on the 13th of February in 1933, comes from the Southern part of Cameroon, and is currently 88 years old.

The native of Cameroon’s south, Biya rose rapidly as a bureaucrat under President Ahmadou Ahidjo in the 1960s, serving as Secretary-General of the Presidency from 1968 to 1975 and then as Prime Minister of Cameroon from 1975 to 1982. He succeeded Ahidjo as president upon the latter’s surprise resignation in 1982 and consolidated power in a 1983–1984 staged attempted coup in which he eliminated all his rivals.

His regime is supported by France , which supplies it with weapons and trains its forces. France is the leading foreign investor, ahead of the United States. One hundred and five French subsidiaries are located in all key sectors (oil, timber, construction, mobile telephony, transport, banking, insurance, etc.).

Biya introduced political reforms within the context of a one-party system in the 1980s. Under serious pressure, he accepted the introduction of multiparty politics in the early 1990s. He won the contentious 1992 presidential election with 40% of the plural, single-ballot vote and was re-elected by large margins in 1997, 2004, 2011 and 2018.

Considered to be a worldly and educated man, Paul Biya served Cameroon in many positions as a career bureaucrat

Over time however, many critics believe Biya’s rule has become repressive and ineffective.

Perhaps most characteristic of Biya’s presidency is its repressive nature and this was nowhere more evident than in the first multiparty elections to be held in Cameroon.

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