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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Paul Biya: Win without campaign?

Since the publication of the list of nine presidential candidates of October 7, August 7, Cameroon vibrates to the rhythm of an election campaign before the hour, both in the media and in the field. On the same day, the national television (Crtv) broadcast the first issue of the show "100% Presidential", which is intended to allow the various candidates to vote on October 7 to "expose their political offer". This creation, which is unprecedented in the history of the elections in Cameroon, and which was its second delivery last Tuesday, seems to beat audience records judging by the flood of reactions it has generated on the networks. during the respective passages of Garga Haman Adji (Alliance for Democracy and Development) and Cabral Libii (Universe).

Although the director general of the Crtv, Charles Ndongo, said from the outset that this space was "entirely reserved for different candidates" - which is far from true since the candidate of the Democratic Rally of the Cameroonian people was represented at of the first two editions - imagine that Paul Biya would go down to his presidential pedestal to go and debate with only one of his eight challengers is pure fiction.

The impossible passage of the outgoing president on the set of the national television - while his opponents await him with a certain frenzy - is actually an epiphenomenon in the Cameroonian context. He is obviously counting on his lieutenants to defend the record of his last seven years. The opening on Cameroon. In evidence, since his nomination on July 13 on Twitter, the head of state has no longer pronounced on the 2018 presidential election. For his thuriféraires, the candidate Paul Biya "is very attached to the legality", and from this point of view, would await the official campaign which opens on September 22nd. Is. But this argument should not also be valid for the cadres of his party who did not even need the convocation of the electorate for the next presidential election to organize a series of meetings across the country.
However, the presidential election, thinks the French politician Francois Bayrou (who takes over General De Gaulle), is the meeting of a man and a country, a man and a people. It is in this logic that, for the 2011 presidential elections, the candidate Biya launched his campaign in Maroua, in the Far North region, his largest electoral loft. He then went to Douala (Littoral) for the inauguration of the natural gas plant of Logbaba, then in the Ocean (South) for the official exploitation of the gas station of Kribi. Seven years earlier, in 2004, the standard bearer of the Rdpc launched his campaign on October 5 at Monatélé in the Lekié (Center), before flying to the Far North the next day.

At 30 days of the start of the official campaign for the election of October 7, Paul Biya has not returned from his "short private stay" abroad. While he is expected in his native south for the inauguration of the Autonomous Port of Kribi and the hydroelectric dams of Memve'ele and Mekin, in Douala for that of the new bridge over the Wouri and probably to the east for the final watering of the Lom Pangar dam, the presidential candidate, for whom the rally on the occasion of the presidential election has never really been a formality with the exception of 1992, can it create surprise by not going there during this year's election campaign?