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After 35 years in power, Paul Biya to run as Cameroon president for 7th term

Cameroon’s long-serving president, Paul Biya, announced Friday that he would run for a seventh consecutive term in office in the presidential election coming up in October.

The 85-year-old has been head of state in the West African nation for 35 years.

He xonfirmed his seventh term ambition on Twitter, suggesting that his decision was informed by overwhelming calls from cameroonians at home and abroad, for him to remain in power.

He wrote: “Dear Compatriots in Cameroon & the Diaspora, Aware of the challenges we must take up together to ensure a more united, stable & prosperous Cameroon, I am willing to respond positively to your overwhelming calls. I will stand as Your Candidate in the upcoming presidential election

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