YAOUNDE, Aug. 18 — Cameroon’s Constitutional Council Friday green-lighted eight presidential candidates to run for the October presidency against incumbent president Paul Biya.
“We are open to any party that wants to form a coalition with us,” said Osih Joshua, candidate of the leading opposition SDF during a press conference Thursday. “A coalition of opposition parties is very necessary but not indispensable. SDF is always ready to face Paul Biya.”
Biya, leader of the ruling Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement, or CPDM and president of Cameroon since 1982, is seeking to extend his 36 years in office by winning a new seven-year mandate.
He was re-elected with 78 percent of the vote in the 2011 election after 22 opposition parties failed to form a coalition.