Cameroonian President Paul Biya selected his first new prime minister since 2009 when he chose Joseph Dion Ngute to replace Philemon Yang on 4 January.
Ngute will head a new government named by Biya following his victory in yet another deeply flawed election on 7 October 2018, which extended the president’s 36-year rule. Like Yang, Ngute is from the Anglophone region, which accounts for around 20% of Cameroon’s population. The Anglophone North-West and South-West regions have experienced an insurgency since mid-2017 that has led to an estimated 700 deaths, including 200 soldiers, following an initial repression of protests against the imposition of French in courts and schools.
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