Paul Biya has been sworn in as Cameroon’s President for a seventh term. The 85-year-old, who has ruled the country for 36 years, pledged to uphold the “integrity” and “unity” of the country in a ceremony overseen by parliamentary speaker Cavaye Yeguie Djibril.
Biya secured 71% of the vote in the October 7th election but opposition parties said the election was marred by fraud. The swearing-in ceremony was however clouded by Monday’s kidnapping of 80 people, including 79 students, in a school in the restive North-West region.
The government and separatists who are pushing for an independent state in mainly English-speaking areas have been trading accusations as to who is behind the kidnapping. More than 300,000 people have fled the violence in the North-West and South-West regions with some crossing the border into Nigeria