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Cameroon Presidential campaign kicks off without Paul Biya - ITREALMS

Campaigns have commenced in the African country of Cameroon, without the incumbent President, Mr. Paul Biya, who also is running for the 7th time in office, reports ITREALMS.

The Constitutional Council, ITREALMS recalled had recently validated nine (9) candidates out of about 27 who filed-in for the 7th October presidential election in Cameroon, to seek mandate to rule the country for the next seven (7) years.

The nine presidential candidates, include the incumbent 86-year President, Paul Biya, who has been at the state house for 36 years and is vying for his 7th mandate in office.

Other presidential hopefuls include former minister for justice, Prof Maurice Kamto, and lawyer association président and founder of Cameroon chapter of Transparency International Akere Muna; First vice président of SDF, Joshua Osih among others have commenced campaign, while Président, Mr. Biya, reportedly left the country for over 10 days to an unknown destination in Europe.

A statement by his private cabinet just read, "President Biya and first lady Chantal Biya left the country for a short private visit in Europe." No date or duration of absence was indicated.

But unofficial sources hinted that he may be in Geneva, Switzerland, for some health concern.  There has not been any confirmation of dismissal by the government spokesperson Issa Tchiroma Bakary, who is also the minister in charge of communication.

In Cameroon, government does not communicate on government personnel's health even though they stay absent for months.

Recently, the vice prime minister in charge of relations with assemblies, Amadou Ali, spent more than 3 months out of duties.

It is only when National Assembly went into session that Cameroonians noted the minister was not the one they know.

He was replaced provisionally by his colleague in charge of work and social assistance Grégoire Owona.                 

Alex Gustave AZEBAZE/GEE

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