Cameroon. As expected, Paul Biya was re-elected by a good
margin in the October presidential election. He received 78%
of the vote, while 22 counter-candidates were allowed to
share the remaining 22%. The best of them was the successful
Social Democratic leader John Fru Ndi, who received 11%.
Countryaah-ABCDE, the 78-year-old Biya has led Cameroon since 1982 and was
now elected for another seven years. His country is
regularly ranked as one of the world's most corrupt, and
corruption is considered one of the factors behind Biya's
long holding of power. He is accused of playing out the many
ethnic groups against each other and, with the help of
corruption, splitting the social elite and the political
opposition. The divided opposition has created some
stability that favored the president on election days.
A domestic investigation in February showed that
corruption cost the state equivalent to at least SEK 25
billion between 1998 and 2004. Only illegal logging was said
to deprive the Treasury of almost SEK 1.5 billion each year.
According to a law passed in 1996, all senior civil
servants are required to publicly report their financial
assets, but the law is said to have never been applied.