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                 1966: the multiparty system is suppressed. Political parties merged into one: CNU (Cameroon National Union). This marked the beginning of the single party system.
Eleven years after reunification, the idea of unity is once more expressed at the referendum of 20th May 1972. The result was 3.217.056 votes for, and 158 against. Therefore, Unitary Republic is formed out of East and West Cameroon to replace the former Federal Republic.
The 1972 Constitution maintained the presiden- tial system. However, the President of the Republic is no longer assisted by a Vice- President. The two Federal States are suppressed and replaced by one State. The four Assemblies merged into one: the National Assembly.
Two major events occurred in Cameroon in November 1982: President Ahmadou Ahidjo suddenly resigned and Paul Biya, Prime Minister since 1975, took off power on 6th November in compliance with the Constitution amendment sta- ted in Law N079/02 of 19th June 1979.
In his keynote address on the swearing day at the National Assembly, Paul Biya made himself known to his fellow countrymen and the International Community. He immediately focu- sed his action on establishing democracy, social and economic liberalism, strict management
policy and moral improvement of attitudes as well as strengthening of International Cooperation. According to many observers, Paul Biya appeared like the embodiment of the dream of a new Cameroon, aware of its potentials and claimant for a better place in the concert of nations.
Considered at first a model of transfer of power in Africa (like Abdou Diouf succeeding Leopold Sedar Senghor in Senegal at the head of the state few months before), the change of Cameroon’s Head of State witnessed many diffi- culties caused by Ahmadou Ahidjo who remai- ned the Head of the single party, CNU (Cameroon National Union), and attempted to regain power he freely handed over to his suc- cessor. In order to properly handle this transitional period, Paul Biya holds many aces among which his education and professional experience as well as support from the great majority of Cameroonians are worth noting.
Born on 13th February 1933 in Mvomeka’a (Meyomessala Sub-Division, Dja-and-Lobo Division, South Province), of the late Etienne Mvondo Assam and late Mrs Mvondo née Anastasie Eyenga Elle, Paul Biya had a brilliant university career and obtained the following degrees: Licence en Droit Public (Bachelor Degree in Public Law), Diplôme de l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Institute for Political Studies Diploma), Diplôme de l’Institut des Hautes Etudes d’Outre-Mer (IHEOM), Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures en Droit Public (Postgraduate Diploma in Public Law). His professional career is also impressive: Chargé de Mission at the
A parade during the fiftieth anniversaries of the independence and reunification of Cameroon

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