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CAMEROON – Paul Biya cleans his army

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President Paul Biya

The President of the Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya, disrupted his army on Monday, September 6, 2021. In a presidential decree, Paul Biya profoundly changed heads in the army. A decision that comes 24 hours before the coup d’état in Guinea Conakry.

The Cameroonian head of state Paul Biya cleaned up the army on Monday, September 6. Paul Biya, who has been in power in Cameroon since 6 November 1982, is afraid to suffer the same fate as President Alpha Condé of Guinea. Many observers are asking themselves this question. 

Several officials have been changed. He signed several decrees (27 pages) appointing officials at the level of the Ministry of Defence and in diplomatic posts. Almost every level of the army has been hit. All the documents concerning this cleansing within the army are published on its facebook page.

From the Chief of Staff to the Comptroller General of the Armed Forces. The Army Staff, the Air Force Staff, the Navy Staff, were all affected by this 88-year-old President.

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Biya introduced political reforms in the 1980s and, under strong pressure, accelerated the implementation of the multiparty system in the early 1990s. He won the 1992 presidential election with 40% of the vote and was re-elected by a large majority in 1997, 2004, 2011 and 2018. Opposition figures and Western governments mention irregularities in the votes and fraud at each election.

He is currently one of the oldest established leaders in the world and the oldest in Africa.

       

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