Cameroon’s ruling party wins Senate election

The party of Cameroon’s entrenched ruler Paul Biya won 56 of the country’s 70 Senate seats in the nation’s first-ever senate election, held April 14.

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Published: Tue 30 Apr 2013, 4:46 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:10 PM

Supreme Court President Alexis Dipanda Mouelle, who announced the results Monday, said Biya’s party, with 73 percent of the vote, won seats in eight of the country’s 10 administrative regions. The opposition, with 17 percent, won 14 seats in two regions.

Biya, 80, is one of the longest serving leaders in Africa, in power since 1982.

The creation of the senate is meant to address a possible succession vacuum, with the constitution stipulating that in the event of a vacancy at the helm of the state, the leader of the senate will run Cameroon for 40 days before new elections are held.

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