President of the
Republic of Cameroon
Président de la
République du Cameroun
Paul Biya
since 6 November 1982
ResidenceYaoundé, Cameroon
Term length7 years, renewable
Inaugural holderAhmadou Ahidjo
Formation5 May 1960
DeputyPresident of the Cameroon Senate
Salary378,813,989 Central African CFA francs/620,976 USD (estimated) annually[1]
WebsiteOfficial Website

The president of Cameroon is the executive head of state and de facto head of government of Cameroon and is the commander in chief of the Cameroon Armed Forces. The authority of the State is exercised both by the President and by the Parliament.[2]


The office of president of Cameroon was established in 1960, following the country's independence from France. The office was held by Ahmadou Ahidjo from 5 May 1960 to 6 November 1982 and then by Paul Biya since 6 November 1982.

Term limits

Term limits for the president were lifted for Biya in 2008.[3]

Latest election

Main article: 2018 Cameroonian presidential election

Paul BiyaCameroon People's Democratic Movement2,521,93471.28
Maurice KamtoCameroon Renaissance Movement503,38414.23
Cabral LibiiUnivers222,0206.28
Joshua OsihSocial Democratic Front118,7063.36
Adamou Ndam NjoyaCameroon Democratic Union61,2201.73
Garga Haman AdjiAlliance for Democracy and Development55,0481.56
Frankline Njifor AfanwiNational Citizens' Movement of Cameroon23,6870.67
Serge Espoir MatombaUnited People for Social Renovation19,7040.56
Akere MunaNow!12,2620.35
Valid votes3,537,96598.53
Invalid/blank votes52,7161.47
Total votes3,590,681100.00
Registered voters/turnout6,667,75453.85
Source: Camerlex

See also


  1. ^ "The highest and lowest paid African presidents - Business Daily". 27 December 2020.
  2. ^ Constitution of the Republic of Cameroon (English and French Archived 2006-02-28 at the Wayback Machine versions). 18 January 1996. Accessed 8 August 2017.
  3. ^ Cook, Candace; Siegle, Joseph. "Circumvention of Term Limits Weakens Governance in Africa". Africa Center for Strategic Studies.