Paul Biya, who has been the president of Cameroon since 1982 has finally announced on Tuesday that he would step down and new presidential election will hold on October 9, 2011.
Power has lied firmly in his hands and his Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement party since he became president. The party will hold a congress on September 15 and 16 to elect a leader who will be its election candidate.
The announcement was made today at a radio station in Cameroon.
In a single round of voting, Cameroonians will elect a new leader for a renewable seven-year term.
The 78-year-old incumbent, has not said whether he will seek reelection, but party spokesman Jacques Fame Ndongo, also minister for higher education, said last month that Biya will be the party’s candidate.
Opposition group has demanded that Biya should step down even though he has benefited from a 2008 constitutional amendment scrapping limits to presidential terms.
Earlier this year, the group- opposition African Movement for New Independence and Democracy, MANIDEM, said Biya should leave political life and enjoy a peaceful retirement.