Cameroon’s veteran president Paul Biya kept his grip on power on Thursday when official results showed his ruling party secured a landslide win in a Sept. 30 parliamentary vote. Biya, 80, has been in charge of the oil-producing Central African nation since 1982. His Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) party won 148 of 180 seats in the National Assembly – parliament’s lower chamber – according to results published by the Supreme Court, down from the 156 seats it had in the last vote. The party already controls 86 seats in the new 100-seat Senate upper house which was created following an April election.
The main opposition SDF came second with 18 and the remaining seats were shared out amongst smaller parties.
Opposition parties have criticised Cameroon’s electoral system in the past, saying it allows Biya to keep a stranglehold on power. But there were no complaints of irregularities after the September vote.