President Biya marks forty years in power

Cameroon’s president, Paul Biya, will today mark forty years in power, making him the second-longest ruling leader in Africa after Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who seized power in nineteen seventy-nine.

The eighty nine-year-old is also believed to be one of the world’s oldest rulers, and his increasingly rare appearances in public has stoked concerns over his health.

However, any talk about who might succeed President Biya, who turns ninety in February, is strictly taboo in government circles.

A Cameroonian Defence secretary and security specialist, Aimee Raoul Sumo, said Ministers have fallen into disgrace just for thinking about a theoretical departure of the president.