Rare in Africa! On the road to succession to his father, political augurs already announce the name of Franck Biya as the successor of his father.
While the doors of the presidential palace seem to be open to him, the dubbed dauphin does not seem optimistic to this idea to the point of being called "the man who does not want to be president". Is it necessary to erase the political ambitions of the son who carries a haloed patronymic? Here are some answers.In 2018, will Paul Biya, at the end of his term of office after his 32 years in the chair of the Palace of Etoudi retire? "The Cameroonian presidential election of 2018 is certain, but still far away. We have time to reflect and, when the time comes, Cameroonians like everyone else will know if I am a candidate or if I retire, "Paul Biya replied in July 2015 during François Hollande's visit.
Far from spotlight
Under the golden panels of the Palais du Peuple, this boot in presidential touch, by Paul Biya, who will be celebrating his 84th birthday on the eve of Valentine's Day, is now surrounded by a bundle of speculation and theories that add suspense to the War of succession announced. In the corridors of the Unity Palace, the walls rustle echo the name of Franck Biya as future "dolphin" of his father.
Almost a rule of succession in Central Africa, the idea of the replacement of the father by his son does not seem so absurd. Ali Bongo in Gabon, Joseph Kabila in the DRC, are all sons of presidents, who have become heads in the father's place after being closely associated with state management. Others are on the same path as Teodorin Obiang Nguema, bombed Vice President of Equatorial Guinea with rank of Head of State, Zacharia and Mahamat Deby in Chad, or Denis Christel Sassou Nguesso in Congo. All are more or less advanced on the way of perpetuation of this salic rule of devolution of the armchair of the patriarch to his son.
As an exception to the rule, at 47 years old, Franck Emmanuel Olivier Biya, the eldest son of the Cameroonian president, does not seem seduced at the idea of succeeding his father at the head of the country. Where the sons of presidents use the paternal jack to climb the ladder in the management of affairs, the first son of Paul Biya does not seem tempted by the power. He flees the political chessboard, his combinations, his low blows and his games of alliances. Moreover, it has no official ministerial function, no elective mandate and is not a recognized member of any section of the ruling Democratic Peoples of Cameroon (RDPC).