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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Paul Biya absence at TICAD 2019: According to Jeune Afrique, "this flip-flop would not be foreign to the activism of the Cameroonian diaspora, which had begun to organize in Japan"


The seventh edition of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad 7) was held from 28-30 August 2019 in Yokohama, Japan. Grand absent from this meeting, President Paul Biya who was represented by his Minister of External Relations, Lejeune Mbella Mbella.

The seventh edition of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (Ticad 7) concluded on August 30, 2019 in Yokohama, Japan. Several African leaders took part in this meeting. The Cameroonian president, Paul Biya was among the main absentees of this conference.

Yet writing Young Afri that in his edition of the 1 st to September 7, 2019, " the Presidency had indicated, August 23, 2019, Paul Biya take part in the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TIKAD) in Yokohama, the head of state did not leave his country ".

According to JA, " a delegation was nevertheless present in Japan, and a plane, ready to take off from Yaounde ". If the Presidency of the Republic did not wish to make comments, according to sources of the magazine, " this flip-flop would not be foreign to the activism of the Cameroonian diaspora, which had begun to organize in Japan ."

Another reason mentioned by Jeune Afrique, the announcement of the arrival of Paul Biya had caused some embarrassment. " Invited by the Prime Minister, Abe Shinzo , to perform on the occasion of TICAD, the musician Richard Bona also on tour in Japan, warned his hosts that he would never play in the presence of the Cameroonian leader ," notes the newspaper.


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