Cameroon parliament backs president’s general election delay

Cameroonian President Paul Biya has gained lawmakers’ approval to postpone parliamentary and local elections until 2026.

This move, supported by his party’s majority in the National Assembly, extends their mandate to March 2026.

Legislative and municipal elections will now follow the 2025 presidential poll, aiming to ease the electoral schedule, according to Fran├žois Wakata Bolvine, minister delegate of the presidency.

Biya, Africa’s second-longest-serving president at 91, succeeded Ahmadou Ahidjo in 1982 and won several elections, most recently contested in 2018.

Opposition leader Joshua Osih criticized the delay as undemocratic, particularly fearing its impact on upcoming challenges to Biya in the 2025 presidential election.

The opposition, including Maurice Kamto’s party, boycotted previous municipal and legislative elections, lacking representation required for presidential candidacy nominations under electoral rules.

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