Young Cameroonians Hope for Change in Presidential Election

Supporters of Cabral Libii, leader of the Univers party, candidate for the presidential elections of Cameroon, gather in front of the Stadium Omnisport during a rally in Yaounde on October 6, 2018. Eight candidates are running for presidential elections on October 7, 2018 against 85 years old President Paul Biya, who has ruled the country for 35 years. / AFP PHOTO / ALEXIS HUGUET

“In relation to this election, I’m not proud first of all. The old guy there, I wasn’t even born when he was in power in colonial times. When my daughter gives birth to her child, he will still be there. But that can’t go on, it has to change. The country is in trouble, look at Bamenda, over there it’s bad.” says Brice Ngoh,a 20-year-old IT specialist.

Charles Djoke Mota, a taxi driver on his part has this to say: “I went looking for work too, but there is no work in my country. I was born, and I found President Paul Biya in power. Today, I’m 27 years old, he’s still here. I also want change, someone else to come, we also want to see how he will react.”

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A few days ahead of the presidential election in Cameroon, the streets of Douala are filled with posters of the nine candidates. The posters for Paul Biya, 36 years in power and running for a new seven-year term as head of state, are most prominent. Many young Cameroonians have only ever known President Paul Biya. They explain their hopes for this election.

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