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March 5, 2019

Re-election of Biya: the French press mocks Cameroonians

In its delivery this week, the French satirical weekly “Le Canard Enchainé” questions the re-election of Paul Biya more than 70% in a country that has all the problems of the world.


THE COLONIALISTS were right. The African logic has nothing to do with that of the whites. Typical example Cameroon and its recent presidential election.

The wear of power, so decried in the north? The head of state Paul Biya, 85 years old is about to be proclaimed winner … seventh time since 1982. And with more than 70% of the votes.

What wear? Ditto for the presence on the ground. It is not because he spent whole months in Geneva or La Baule, or that he ignored for twenty years the economic capital, Douala, that Biya is less popular.

Another overused criterion?

Prosperity, wealth per capita places this country well irrigated and underground mining well equipped with the 187th world rank. And life expectancy is only 58 years (61 years in Senegal).

This is not enough to discourage the voter, any more than the insecurity that has prevailed for years. The violence awoke in the English-speaking North (the repression killed dozens of people). To the point that Donald Trump has supported this revolting minority. But all these factors that would sound the end of the regime in Europe seem here anecdotal. Unless you consider that the verdict of the ballot box has been changed a little?

Another well-meaning right-of-the-man argument!


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