Leading a particular country has nothing to do with age but has something to do with one's capability. If someone has the capability to rule over a particular society, region or nation then it is safe for them to rule as long as the citizens of that particular region are comfortable with it.
This article points out the oldest leader in Africa. It is important to know that one of the world's oldest leader is from Africa and he is currently serving as the President of a country. Below are the details of the Oldest Leader in Africa.
Paul Biya is a Cameroonian Politician who is currently serving as the President of Cameroon. He came to power in 1982 following the resignation of the Former President. At 89, Paul Biya is the oldest leader in Africa.
Paul Biya is not just the Oldest Leader in Africa, he is also the longest serving non-royal leader in the world. It is noteworthy that Paul Biya is the second longest serving President in Africa.
Let's dive down to Paul Biya's Personal life, Education, Career, e.t.c.
Paul Biya was born on February 13, 1933, at Mvomeka’a, Meyomessala Subdivision, Dja-et-Lobo Division, South Region of Cameroon. He attended schools in his home country, Cameroon, and graduated from the Lycee Leclerc University in Yaoundé, the most prestigious high school in the country. He had a first class education. Firstly, he studied Greek, Latin, and philosophy among other subjects under the auspices of French teachers. Afterwards, he attended various schools in Paris and earned several diplomas. Paul Biya also earned a degree in Law at the University of Paris.
After Cameroon became an independent nation in 1960, Paul Biya started following politics and Political issues. At that time, he was a follower of the country's first President, Ahmadu Alhidjo. He quickly moved up the ladder in the Cameroon National Union Party and advanced within the government. Biya held various governmental positions. He started learning the tactics used in Politics and then he developed interest in leading the country.
During the 1970s, Biya held several top positions. He later served as Director of the Cabinet and Minister of State.
In 1979, Paul Biya was appointed Prime Minister of Cameroon and, as such, he was the successor to the presidency.
In 1982, the then President, Alhidjo resigned due to health issues but he continued to head the only legal political party in the country. Due to the fact that Paul Biya was the prime minister, which is the subordinate posiyipo to the President, he became President of Cameroon on November 6, 1982. Biya was accepted as the country's ruler because that is how the Constitution works -the prime minister will be the country's President when the former President is willing to leave the office.
As President, Paul Biya had the power to change how the Government was being ran. Firstly, he appointed the people who were loyal to him to top positions, thereby, leaving others behind. Secondly, he changed the name of the party that has been in existence since the country gained Independence.
Due to his misdoings, People who weren't in support of his Leadership style planned a coup against him. Unfortunately for them, Paul Biya and his members secured a victory over them.
Biya was re-elected in 1988, 1992, 1997, 2004, 2011, and 2018. His current presidential mandate will expire in 2025.
Style of Rule
His rule is authoritarian and dictatorial. Biya has gathered a considerable amount of money while serving in government.
Paul Biya has a net worth of about $200 million and he owns several homes in Cameroon, France, and Switzerland. Under his rule corruption has flourished in Cameroon.