Cameroon: 85-year-old President Paul Biya sworn in For Seventh Term of Seven Years
Cameroon’s 85-year-old President Paul Biya was sworn in today, 6/11/2018 for a seventh term after disputed elections and amid mounting unrest in an English-speaking region of the country. Biya, who has ruled the country for 35 years, was declared victor in the October 7 vote with 71 percent of the ballot in an elections marked by low voter turnout, violence and allegations of fraud.
On the eve of Biya’s inauguration, about 79 school children were abducted from a school in the Northwest Region, where anglophone separatists have launched an armed campaign for independence. Attacks by the secessionists and a crackdown by the authorities have led to the death of at least 400 civilians this year as well as more than 175 members of the security forces, while more than 300,000 people have fled the violence, many of them living hand-to-mouth in the forests, and some across the border into Nigeria.