Cameroonian President Paul Biya is celebrating his 41-year reign over the central African country on Monday.
Last year, hundreds gathered in Yaoundé, the capital, for the event, but the president did not attend.
Former Prime Minister Paul Biya assumed power in Cameroon on November 6, 1982, following the resignation of the country’s first president, Ahmadou Ahidjo.
Many members of the ruling Democratic Rally of the Cameroonian People (RDPC) have already called for him to run for an eighth, seven-year term in the 2025 presidential election.
Critics of his government, on the other hand, wore black on Sunday. Corruption, poor governance, and an ongoing succession fight have all been mentioned.
Cameroon’s president, who turned 90 in February, is Africa’s second-longest serving leader.
Cameroon has experienced problems under his leadership in recent years ranging from a separatist movement in the country’s English-speaking regions to the threat posed in the north by Islamic extremists allied with the Nigeria-based Boko Haram group.
Paul Biya last won a presidential election in 2018.