The swearing-in of the President elect of Cameroon, Paul Biya is scheduled for tomorrow at the National Assembly in the capital, Yaounde. President Biya is expected to pronounce “I do so swear” to manage the affairs of the Republic of Cameroon for the next seven years as head of state. Even though opposition leaders may boycott the swearing in ceremony communication Minister Issa Tchiroma says all Cameroonians both at home and abroad are united behind Mr. Biya’s pledge to continue implementing policies that will take Cameroon to an emerging nation by 2035.
It should be noted that in the last October 9 Polls 22 contestants challenged the incumbent for the presidency, including veteran opposition leader John Fru Ndi of the Social Democratic Front (SDF). And Mr. Biya emerged winner with 78.9891% while the runners up Ni John Fru Ndi managed 10%.
Mr. Biya begins a 6th term in office today after he was declared winner of the October 9 presidential election. He has been in power since November 6, 1982.
Cameroon’s elections board (ELECAM) said about seven million registered to vote. They included, for the first time, citizens outside Cameroon who voted in the country’s embassies and consulates around the world.