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Appointment of new PM underlines increased likelihood of Cameroonian president offering negotiations to resolve Anglophone insurgency

11 January 2019


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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