President Biya celebrate his 87th anniversary today, while he has been in power for 38 years.

Paul Biya (born Paul Barthélemy Biya’a bi Mvondo; 13 February 1933) is a Cameroonian politician serving as the President of Cameroon since 6 November 1982. Paul Biya was born in the village of Mvomeka’ain

the South Region of Cameroon. He studied at the Lycée General Leclerc, Yaoundé, and in France at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand, Paris, going on to the Institut des hautes études d’Outre-Mer, where he graduated in

1961 with a Higher Education Diploma in Public Law. He married Jeanne-Irène Biya, who did not have any children, though she adopted Franck Biya who was born from a relationship of Paul Biya with another

woman. After Jeanne-Irène Biya died on 29 July 1992, Paul Biya married Chantal Biya (37 years his junior) on 23 April 1994, and had two more children with her.

Paul Biya rose to prominence under the regime of president Ahmadou Ahidjo. Under the Ahidjo regime, he served as  Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of National Education in January 1964 and Secretary-

General of the Ministry of National Education in July 1965.

He was later promoted to the rank of  Director of the Civil Cabinet of the President in December 1967 and Secretary-General of the Presidency in January 1968.

In August 1968, he became a  Minister,  and the rank of Minister of State in June 1970, while remaining Secretary-General of the Presidency.

Biya became the Prime Minister of Cameroon om 30 June, 1975, after the creation of a Unitary State in 1972.

In June 1979, a law designating the Prime Minister as the President’s constitutional successor was established.  on 4 November 1982, Ahidjo unexpectedly announced his resignation and Biya accordingly succeeded

him as President of Cameroon on 6 November. He fathers Anastasia Brenda Biya Eyenga, Franck Biya, Paul Biya Jr.

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