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Cameroon's opposition leader Kamto charged with 'rebellion'  FRANCE 24

Cameroon's main opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, has been charged by a military court with rebellion, insurrection and "hostility to the homeland," one of his ...

Focus - Cameroon's Adamawa region plagued by cattle theft and kidnappings  FRANCE 24

In Cameroon's northern Adamawa region, farmers and cattle herders are living in fear. With neighbouring Central African Republic still mired in civil war, armed ...

Cameroon Used to Welcome Refugees. Now It Forcibly Expels Them.  Foreign Policy

There was a time when Cameroon was considered to be one of the most generous refugee-hosting countries in the world. For almost 40 years, it took in ...

Foreign Policy
Cameroon: Kumba Hospital fire leaves at least four persons dead  Journalducameroun.com - English

Published on 11.02.2019 at 14h32 by Journalducameroun. Share. Part of Kumba District Hospital reduced to ashes. Part of the Kumba District Hospital was ...

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Cameroon's President Biya clocks 86  Journalducameroun.com - English

Published on 13.02.2019 at 09h01 by Journal du Cameroun. Share. President Paul Biya. Cameroonians, government ministers, members of the diplomatic ...

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Cameroon: Maurice Kamto sent to Kondengui  Journalducameroun.com - English

Published on 13.02.2019 at 00h37 by Journalducameroun. Share. Maurice Kamto leads a group of protesters in Douala ...

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Cameroon should free Maurice Kamto  The Washington Post

The Feb. 6 front-page article “Cameroon's lethal linguistic fault line” effectively documented the brutality of the attacks by President Paul Biya's government on ...

The Washington Post
Henriette Akaba, Ngo Mbelleck invited for Cameroon's Women's World Cup camping  Goal.com

The gaffer had listed 32 players, including the Besiktas star for the first phase of their camping for summer's championship.

Cameroon: Ex Defence Minister grilled at Special Criminal Court  Journalducameroun.com - English

Published on 12.02.2019 at 17h25 by Journalducameroun. Share. Former Defence Minister Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo'o arrived the Special Criminal Court where ...

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US Officials Tout Good Ties with Cameroon Despite Aid Cut  VOA News

Despite announcing plans to trim military support for Cameroon's government over its alleged human rights violations, key U.S. officials say the United States will ...

VOA News
Cameroon spent XAF94.3bln on drink imports in 2015-17, with XAF33.9bln peak in 2017  Business in Cameroon

(Business in Cameroon) - Beverage and spirits imports cost Cameroon a total of XAF94.3 billion over the 3-year period from 2015 to 2017, the trade ministry ...

Business in Cameroon
Violent language battle grips Cameroon  Winnipeg Free Press

FDSCHANG, Cameroon — The battle lines of the conflict in this Central African country are draw... - World - Winnipeg Free Press.

Winnipeg Free Press
Cameroon Anglophone crisis: A crackdown on English speakers is fueling support for Ambazonia  The Washington Post

Violence spurred by the linguistic split has brought the Central African country to the brink of civil war.

The Washington Post
Healthcast: From Cameroon to Lubbock; meet Dr. Kemeze  EverythingLubbock.com

It is Black History Month. But did you know that female African American doctors only make up a small portion of our country's doctors?

Nigerian refugees struggle in aftermath of Boko Haram attacks - Cameroon  ReliefWeb

UNHCR calls for urgent support for more than 35,000 people who fled a surge in militant attacks, and now face acute needs in Cameroon's remote desert north.

Four killed in troubled Cameroon region  The Punch

Four people have been killed in *fresh* violence in southwestern Cameroon, where anglophones have launched an armed campaign for a separate state, so...

The Punch
Cameroon: Opposition party cancels Saturday protests  africanews

The main opposition Movement in Cameroon called off demonstrations planned in several cities on Saturday, a party leader said, following a government ban ...

'At least 30 people abducted' by separatists in Anglophone Cameroon  FRANCE 24 English

At least 30 people have been abducted by suspected separatists in a troubled English-speaking region of western Cameroon, local sources said on ...

FRANCE 24 English
Cameroon Police Arrest More Than 100 in Anti-Biya Protests  VOA News

Cameroon says its police shot and wounded seven people and arrested 117 in several towns where protests of what organizers call an "electoral hold up" were ...

VOA News
Meet the 22-Year-Old Breaking the Blood Bank Crisis in Cameroon  OZY

As a nursing school student in Cameroon, Melissa Bime remembers watching helplessly as a mother struggled to find a blood match for her 5-year-old daughter, ...

Cameroon: Opposition Leaders Arrested  Human Rights Watch

Update February 1, 2019: In the evening of January 30 Human Rights Watch learned that Kamto is currently held at the building of the Special Operations ...

Human Rights Watch
Cameroon arrests opposition leader who claims he won 2018 election  The Guardian

Maurice Kamto and several others held following protests against result of October poll.

The Guardian
Cameroon, China Look to Improve Ties Amid Miners' Tensions  VOA News

Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative was in Cameroon this weekend to improve relations between the two countries. Trade and security ties ...

VOA News
Cameroon Struggles to Secure Neighbors, Its Own Territory  VOA News

Attack on Bossangoa indicates the armed rebels are not ready to lay down their weapons, a member of a self-defense group said.

VOA News
Cameroon – Equatorial Guinea plan bridge to link Campo and Bata  africanews

Over in Central Africa, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon have agreed a deal in principle to build a bridge over the Ntem River which separates the two ...

Cameroon minister sparks fury by saying ‘arrogant’ Jews brought on Holocaust  The Independent

Cameroon has apologised to Israel after a minister called Jewish people “arrogant” and implied they brought the Holocaust on themselves.

The Independent
Cameroon Mobilizes Military Following Boko Haram, Separatist Attacks  VOA News

Cameroon says it is mobilizing troops along the country's northern border with Nigeria and in the western English-speaking regions, following renewed attacks ...

VOA News
Cameroon: NCC summons CRTV GM after Momo's anti semitic comments  Journalducameroun.com - English

Published on 11.02.2019 at 14h52 by Journalducameroun. Share. Charles Ndongo, CRTV GM ©All rights reserved. The General Manager of the Cameroon ...

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Cameroon: Nearly 70 Killed in Cameroon as Separatists Stop Youth Week Activities  AllAfrica - Top Africa News

Renewed fighting has killed 69 people in English-speaking regions of Cameroon, where armed separatists have ordered people to stay inside their homes as ...

AllAfrica - Top Africa News
Cameroon clubs drop their case against Caf over 2019 hosting  BBC Sport

Amateur clubs in Cameroon drop their case against the Confederation of African Football at the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the hosting of the 2019 Nations ...

BBC Sport
Cameroonian league season in turmoil after clubs boycott opening games  BBC Sport

Cameroon's 2019 top tier domestic championship fails to get underway after clubs stage a boycott of the opening game in Yaounde.

BBC Sport
Cameroon's Arrested Opposition Leader Begins Hunger Strike  VOA News

Cameroon's arrested opposition leader Maurice Kamto and 29 of his imprisoned supporters started a hunger strike a day after being told they will face eight ...

VOA News
Cameroon: Municipal police clash with traders at Yaounde central market  Journalducameroun.com - English

Published on 08.02.2019 at 13h55 by Journalducameroun. Share. Calm has returned to the Yaounde Central market after violent clashes on Friday morning ...

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Cameroon plans Francophone tech hub, undermines Silicon Mountain  Quartz

The Cameroon government is backing a new technology hub to be called “Cameroon Silicon River” in its capital city Yaoundé, in a move that is likely to move ...

Thousands of Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram forced back by Cameroon  The Guardian

UN voices alarm and urges Cameroon to keep its doors open after it denies entry to thousands fleeing unrest. Agence France-Presse. Fri 18 Jan 2019 20.38 ...

The Guardian
Nigeria: Thousands flee to Cameroon after attack in Rann  Doctors Without Borders

GENEVA/NEW YORK, JANUARY 16, 2019—After a nonstate armed group attacked the town of Rann, northeastern Nigeria, on January 14, thousands of people ...

Doctors Without Borders
Cameroon: 4 Nationals Freed After Being Held by Rebels in CAR  VOA News

Cameroon says rebels in the neighboring Central African Republic released three men and a woman Sunday who were abducted late last year. The four were ...

VOA News
UN: Cameroon suffering a 'forgotten crisis'  Church Times

Hundreds of thousands are in need of urgent assistance and protection.

Church Times
Alain Djeumfa to take charge of Cameroon's women's team at World Cup  BBC Sport

Cameroon's football federation (Fecafoot) has appointed Alain Djeumfa as coach of the national women's team, just four months before the start of the World ...

BBC Sport
Cameroon held no external debt arrears, at the end of September 2018  Business in Cameroon

(Business in Cameroon) - Cameroonian government cleared 100% of its external debt servicing over the first 9 months of 2018, the State budget execution ...

Business in Cameroon
Cameroon Struggles to Aid IDPs in Anglophone Separatist Areas  VOA News

Cameroon is struggling to get humanitarian aid to hundreds of thousands of people who fled areas of separatist unrest, some of them trapped by the fighting.

VOA News
Cameroon authorities arrest opposition leader in crackdown  News24

An international rights group says Cameroonian authorities have arrested a top opposition leader and four of his supporters after they called for nationwide ...

Nigerian refugees fleeing to Cameroon cannot be sent back  Norwegian Refugee Council

“The Norwegian Refugee Council calls for Nigerian and Cameroonian authorities to provide immediate assistance to thousands of Nigerian civilians fleeing ...

Norwegian Refugee Council
Humanitarian Action for Children 2019-2020 - Cameroon - Cameroon  ReliefWeb

English Appeal on Cameroon and 2 other countries about Education, Food and Nutrition, Children, IDPs, Epidemic and more; published on 31 Jan 2019 by ...

10 separatists killed, six soldiers wounded in Cameroon clash - Official  Premium Times

The Cameroon Army said on Thursday that ten armed separatists were killed and six soldiers wounded in a clash in Ndawara, a locality in the North-west of the ...

Premium Times
China forgives Cameroon $78m out of $5.7bn total debt  africanews

The said amount was due to be repaid in 2018 as part of the country's estimated $5.7bn total debt burden. The figure is from the public body managing ...

Africa Cup of Nations: Comoros lodge Cameroon complaint  BBC Sport

The Comoros Football Federation lodges a case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport over Cameroon's participation at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

BBC Sport
Cameroon: Peaceful protesters targeted in violent crackdown must be released  Amnesty International

Following the mass arbitrary arrests of protesters in several cities in Cameroon on 26 January, Samira Daoud, Amnesty International's West and Central Africa ...

Amnesty International
Are Indomitable Lionesses destined for World Cup misery?  Goal.com

Cameroon's underwhelming preparation ahead of the showpiece in France is an increasing concern.

Gaelle Enganamouit, the heartbeat of Cameroon  FIFA.com

In June, Cameroon will make their second appearance at the FIFA Women's World Cup™, four years after Gaelle Enganamouit spearheaded their remarkable ...

Photoshoot goes bad as white model poses with Cameroon's endangered tribespeople  Face2Face Africa

All hell broke loose on social media after a photoshoot featuring a white model posing with the endangered Baka pygmies of Cameroon was reshared months ...

Face2Face Africa
Cameroon's Stephane Mbia leaves French club Toulouse  BBC Sport

Former Cameroon captain Stephane Mbia ends his contract with French club Toulouse.

BBC Sport
Young Cameroonian William Elong raises XAF1.3bln to conquer the international market with his made- in- Cameroon drones  Business in Cameroon

Founder of Will & Brothers, a company that launched the very first civil UAV *service* in Cameroon, William Elong, who recently kicked off.

Business in Cameroon
Afcon 2019: Ghana seeking Cameroon friendly  Journalducameroun.com - English

Published on 08.02.2019 at 17h10 by Journalducameroun. Share. Daniel Amartey of Ghana shields ball from Jacques Zoua of Cameroon during the 2017 Africa ...

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'Forgotten crisis' in Cameroon, with attacks on the rise, millions in need of 'lifesaving assistance'  UN News

Around 4.3 million Cameroonians, mostly women and children, are now in need of lifesaving assistance, the UN announced on Thursday, presenting it's 2019 ...

UN News
Cameroon: Eneo announces XAF47.3bln investments in 2019, up 30% from 2018  Business in Cameroon

(Business in Cameroon) - Cameroon's power utility Eneo plans to invest up to XAF47.3 billion during 2019. The amount is up 30% compared to 2018, MD Joël ...

Business in Cameroon
BBC World Service - Focus on Africa, Cameroon: Maurice Kamto face trial in a military court  BBC News

The opposition politician has been charged with rebellion and insurrection.

BBC News
Cameroon: Agbor Balla calls for unconditional release of nursing student arrested in Buea  Journalducameroun.com - English

Human rights lawyer Felix Agbor Nkongho has called for the immediate release of a female nursing student, arrested an detained in Buea for allegedly filming ...

Journalducameroun.com - English
UNHCR deplores forced refugee returns from Cameroon  UNHCR

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is extremely alarmed by reports of the forced return by Cameroon this week of several thousand refugees into ...

2019 presidency: Nnamdi Kanu provides 'proofs on Atiku being from Cameroon'  Daily Post Nigeria

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has provided 'proof' on his claims that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democra.

Daily Post Nigeria
Cameroon: Arrears clearance increased domestic debt payment by 38%, in late September 2018  Business in Cameroon

(Business in Cameroon) - Over the first nine months of 2018, the Cameroonian Treasury paid off domestic debt of XAF174.5 billion, up 38.7% (+XAF48.7 billion) ...

Business in Cameroon
Nigerian Presidential challenger accused of holding Cameroonian nationality  Journalducameroun.com - English

Published on 07.02.2019 at 08h44 by Journalducameroun. Share. The presidential candidate of Nigeria's main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, ...

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Gor departs for Cameroon on Friday  Daily Nation

Kenyan champions Gor Mahia will depart for Limbe, Cameroon on Friday ahead of their Confederation of African Football (Caf) Confederation Cup playoff ...

Daily Nation
German Shepherds in high demand in Cameroon  DW (English)

German Shepherds are in high demand among the rich and security agencies in Cameroon. The medium- to large-sized working dogs known for their ...

DW (English)
Yang Jiechi Meets with President Paul Biya of Cameroon  MFA China

On January 18, 2019 local time, Special Representative of President Xi Jinping, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party ...

MFA China
Cameroon: Gov't launches offensive against kidnappings in Adamawa  Journalducameroun.com - English

Published on 05.02.2019 at 18h02 by Francis Ajumane. Share. Atanga Nji was in Belel subdivision (c)All rights reserved ...

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UNICEF Cameroon Humanitarian Situation Report, November 2018 - Cameroon  ReliefWeb

English Situation Report on Cameroon and 2 other countries about Contributions, Coordination, Children, IDPs, Epidemic and more; published on 30 Nov 2018 ...

Fact-Check: How true is Nnamdi Kanu's claim Atiku is from Cameroon?  Premium Times

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on Saturday, stirred controversy when he alleged that Atiku Abubakar.

Premium Times
Cameroon midfielder Stephane Mbia returns to China  Goal.com

The former Cameroon captain has teamed up with the Nine-headed Bird after cancelling his contract with Toulouse.

Cameroon: Road Construction Projects - Public Works Minister Committed to Clear Hiccups  AllAfrica.com

Emmanuel Nganou Djoumessi took the engagement last week after evaluating over 40 ongoing road projects in the country. The Minister of Public Works, ...

Cameroon: North-West and South-West Crisis Situation Report No. 2 - As of 31 December 2018 - Cameroon  ReliefWeb

English Situation Report on Cameroon about Contributions, Coordination, Children, IDPs and more; published on 18 Jan 2019 by OCHA.

Chinese Regime Quietly Forgives $78M of Cameroon’s Debt  The Epoch Times

The Chinese regime wrote off $78 million of Cameroon's debt while its top diplomat visited there. But both governments did not publish the news.

The Epoch Times
UNL's first student learns from cultural differences in Cameroon study abroad program  Daily Nebraskan

Chelsea Akyeampong, a junior global studies and political science double major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, found cultural challenges and lessons in ...

Daily Nebraskan
Samuel Dingba: Generosity shapes UVM men's basketball player from Cameroon  BurlingtonFreePress.com

After long road that began in Cameroon and continues at Vermont, Samuel Dingba making impact for the Catamount men's basketball team.

Cameroonian clubs boycott league opening matches  Goal.com

The Cameroonian top flight league had been penciled to kick off last weekend but failed to get underway due to a protest by clubs.

Cameroon need to start World Cup preparation as soon as possible, says Gaelle Enganamouit  Goal.com

Following a third-place finish at Ghana, the forward is calling for early preparation for the next summer's World Cup.

UN: More than 30,000 Nigerians flee to Cameroon amid attacks  WJHL-TV News Channel 11

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - The United Nations refugee agency says more than 30000 Nigerians fled the border town of Rann over the weekend to seek safety in ...

WJHL-TV News Channel 11
Cameroon: Two Cameroonian Journalists Detained While Covering Opposition Gathering  AllAfrica - Top Africa News

Authorities in Cameroon should immediately release journalists Théodore Tchopa and David Eyengue Nzima, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

AllAfrica - Top Africa News
Tower Resources to raise £1.7mln to support upcoming Cameroon drill programme  Proactive Investors UK

Tower Resources PLC (LON:TRP) - The placing funds will cover long lead items for an upcoming drilling programme at the Njonji area of the Thali project.

Proactive Investors UK
Cameroon opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, charged with 'rebellion'.  RegionWeek

Cameroon opposition leader Maurice Kamto, who says he was cheated out of the presidency in elections last year, has been charged with “rebellion” and ...

Cameroon's muscle-bound miners: Photos show the incredible sculpted physique of workers  Daily Mail

The muscular African tribesmen, based in Cameroon, Central Africa, regularly risk their lives diving to the river bed to collect sand for the building industry.

Daily Mail
Armed militia releases Eastern Pacific tanker in Camero  TradeWinds

The aframax's 26 crew are safe and unharmed, and the vessel is underway again.

Kanu told to supply proof that Atiku Abubakar is from Cameroon  Vanguard

Former Vice-president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Atiku Abubakar, has asked Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous ...

Cameroon: House Thief  AllAfrica.com

A young man dreaming to play professional football organized a robbery at their residence to raise funds to travel abroad. The young man (names withheld ...

Cameroon: Youth Stage Impressive Turnout  AllAfrica.com

Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai chaired the march past at the Independence Square gladdened by the enthusiastic participation. The 53rd Youth Day was ...

2019 CAF Confederations Cup: Assessement of Cameroon's representation  Cameroon Radio Television

Cameroon is represented at the ongoing 2019 CAF Confederations Cup by two ambassadors, Newstars of Douala and Coton Sport of Garoua.

Cameroon Radio Television
Cameroon: Tour De L'espoir - Debesay At the Helm  AllAfrica.com

Cyclist from Eritrea is leading the general classification table in 4h15'20". Eritrea's Yakob Debesay emerged winner of the third lap of the ongoing second edition ...

Election 2019: Atiku, PDP plan to smuggle in weapons, cash through Cameroon - Nabena  Legit.ng

Legit.ng News ☆ The All Progressives Congress (APC) deputy national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, has accused Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples ...

This Cameroonian princess became the world's first black flight attendant in 1957  Face2Face Africa

The achievements of Léopoldine Doualla-Bell Smith, Cameroonian princess and successful flight attendant, goes a long way to prove how African women ...

Face2Face Africa
Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria | Médecins Sans Frontières  Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International

Tens of thousands of people flee the North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon to seek refuge in southern Nigeria's Cross River State. Teams from MSF ...

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International
Sold for $2000 at age 9, Cameroon native tells saga of human trafficking  The Dallas Post

DALLAS TWP. — An alcoholic father, an uncle she loved who sold her into slavery at age 9 for all of $2000. The beatings, the rape, the nights on a cold floor…

The Dallas Post
Cameroon: Tropical Amissa Bongo - Six Cameroonian Cyclists to Pedal  AllAfrica.com

The list of cyclists to represent Cameroon at the competition that kicks off on January 21, 2017 was made public by the coach of the national cycling team.

Cameroon's Dauphins FC lift Pokhara Cup  Himalayan Times

Dauphins Family Club of Cameroon has won the 6th edition of Manakamana Cablecar Pokhara Cup in the Lake City, on Sunday.

Himalayan Times
Eastern Pacific aframax seized off Cameroon  Splash 247

An Eastern Pacific aframax tanker has been seized in Cameroon waters with the Idan Ofer-controlled shipping line blaming a local charterer for the armed ...

Splash 247
Dynamos To Sign Up Ghanaian And Cameroon Players  ZimEye - Zimbabwe News

By Own Correspondent| Dynamos coach Lloyd Chigowe said that the club is moving ahead with preparations for the upcoming 2019 soccer season amid ...

ZimEye - Zimbabwe News

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Cameroon ( (listen); French: Cameroun), officially the Republic of Cameroon (French: République du Cameroun), is a country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Nigeria to the west and north; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo to the south. Cameroon's coastline lies on the Bight of Biafra, part of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. Although Cameroon is not an ECOWAS member state, it geographically and historically is in West Africa with the Southern Cameroons which now form her Northwest and Southwest Regions having a strong West African history. The country is sometimes identified as West African and other times as Central African due to its strategic position at the crossroads between West and Central Africa.French and English are the official languages of Cameroon. The country is often referred to as "Africa in miniature" for its geological and cultural diversity. Natural features include beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests, and savannas. The highest point at almost 4,100 metres (13,500 ft) is Mount Cameroon in the Southwest Region of the country, and the largest cities in population-terms are Douala on the Wouri river, its economic capital and main seaport, Yaoundé, its political capital, and Garoua. The country is well known for its native styles of music, particularly makossa and bikutsi, and for its successful national football team.Early inhabitants of the territory included the Sao civilisation around Lake Chad and the Baka hunter-gatherers in the southeastern rainforest. Portuguese explorers reached the coast in the 15th century and named the area Rio dos Camarões (Shrimp River), which became Cameroon in English. Fulani soldiers founded the Adamawa Emirate in the north in the 19th century, and various ethnic groups of the west and northwest established powerful chiefdoms and fondoms. Cameroon became a German colony in 1884 known as Kamerun.After World War I, the territory was divided between France and the United Kingdom as League of Nations mandates. The Union des Populations du Cameroun (UPC) political party advocated independence, but was outlawed by France in the 1950s, leading to the Cameroonian Independence War fought between French and UPC militant forces until early 1971. In 1960, the French-administered part of Cameroon became independent as the Republic of Cameroun under President Ahmadou Ahidjo. The southern part of British Cameroons federated with it in 1961 to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. The federation was abandoned in 1972. The country was renamed the United Republic of Cameroon in 1972 and the Republic of Cameroon in 1984. Large numbers of Cameroonians live as subsistence farmers. Since 1982 Paul Biya has been President, governing with his Cameroon People's Democratic Movement party. The country has experienced tensions coming from the English-speaking territories. Politicians in the English-speaking regions have advocated for greater decentralisation and even complete separation or independence (as in the Southern Cameroons National Council) from Cameroon.