Is Paul Biya preparing son to rule next? This is the question in many international spaces and in Cameroon. African dictators, especially in francophone Africa are establishing a tradition in which they leave power to their sons. This happened in Togo in 2005 and in Gabon in 2009. There are more and more concerns that Cameroon is next. An article in Deutsche Welle by Jean Marie Ngong Song addresses this issue. Here is an excerpt:
In recent years, the debate over who will succeed Cameroon’s long-time president, Paul Biya, has become a point of political contention. The 88-year-old, who has held the top office since 1982, is due to end his latest term in 2025.
Until recently, Biya’s eldest son kept a relatively low profile. Most Cameroonians knew little about Franck Biya, who has worked as a businessman and entrepreneur.
But now, speculation is mounting that he may be preparing to take over his father’s role as leader. Social media has been flooded with images of Franck Biya as he allegedly gathers support for his own political party. Some of the videos are calling for his candidacy.