Voters in Cameroon went to the polls on Monday in local and parliamentary elections expected to be dominated by supporters of President Paul Biya, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.
Biya, 80, has ruled over Central Africa’s largest economy for three decades after coming to power in 1982 following the resignation of his predecessor.
His Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement swept Senate elections in April, taking 56 of the 70 seats contested in the new upper house. The president appointed another 30 senators, guaranteeing his control over the 100-seat body.
Most observers predict a similar landslide in Monday’s vote. Biya defended his record after casting his ballot.
“There has been a great progress in Cameroon’s democratic system, but it is unfortunate that I have not heard the press talk about it so much,” he told reporters.
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