CAMEROON/HISTORY: NOVEMBER 4th 1982, AHMADOU AHIDJO RESIGNS AND HANDS OVER POWER

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Ahmadou Ahidjo, the long-standing and first president of Cameroon, shocked the nation on November 4th, 1982, by announcing his resignation from power.

Ahidjo had been in power since Cameroon’s independence in 1960 and was known for his strong leadership.

While the official reason given for his resignation was his desire to retire, there were rumors of declining health and speculation about deeper reasons behind his departure.

Some analysts believed that Ahidjo’s resignation was a result of growing discontent within the ruling party, the Cameroon National Union (CNU), and the military. Others suggested it was a strategic move to avoid power struggles or ensure a smooth transition. Ahidjo appointed his Prime Minister, Paul Biya, as his successor, who was seen as a loyal ally and a safe choice for maintaining stability.

Despite concerns about a power vacuum and potential military coups, Biya quickly consolidated his power and assured the nation of stability while Ahidjo went into self-imposed exile in Senegal where he lived until his death in 1989. His resignation marked the end of his direct involvement in Cameroonian politics.

However, the circumstances surrounding Ahidjo’s resignation remain a subject of debate and speculation. Regardless, his departure marked a significant turning point in Cameroon’s political landscape, paving the way for Paul Biya’s presidency and a new era in the country’s history.

FRU William.

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