List of heads of state of Cameroon

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President of the
Republic of Cameroon
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Paul Biya

since 6 November 1982
Term length 7 years
Inaugural holder Ahmadou Ahidjo
Formation 5 May 1960
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The following is a list of heads of state of Cameroon since the establishment of the office of President of Cameroon in 1960.

Presidents of Cameroon (1960–present)[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Tenure Portrait Incumbent Affiliation Notes
Republic of Cameroun
1 January 1960 to 5 May 1960 Ahmadou Ahidjo.jpg Ahmadou Ahidjo, Head of State UC
5 May 1960 to 1 October 1961 Ahmadou Ahidjo, President
Federal Republic of Cameroon
1 October 1961 to 1966 Ahmadou Ahidjo.jpg Ahmadou Ahidjo, President UC
1966 to 2 June 1972 UNC
United Republic of Cameroon
2 June 1972 to 6 November 1982 Ahmadou Ahidjo.jpg Ahmadou Ahidjo, President UNC Resigned
6 November 1982 to 4 February 1984 Paul Biya 2014.png Paul Biya, President UNC
Republic of Cameroon
4 February 1984 to 1985 Paul Biya 2014.png Paul Biya, President UNC
1985 to Present RDPC


RDPC Rassemblement Démocratique du Peuple Camerounais/Cameroonian
(People’s Democratic Rally) conservative, former UNC renamed RDPC 1985
SDF Social-Democratic Front/Front Social-Démocratique social-democratic
KNDP Kamerun National Democratic Party British Cameroon-based, from 1966: part of UNC
UC Union Camerounais
(Cameroon Union) French Cameroon-based, from 1966: part of UNC
UNC Union National du Camerounais
(Cameroonian National Union) from 1985: RDPC

Latest election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 9 October 2011 Cameroonian presidential election results
Candidates - Parties Votes %
Paul BiyaCameroon People's Democratic Movement 3,772,527 77.99
John Fru Ndi NiSocial Democratic Front 518,175 10.71
Garga Haman AdjiAlliance for Democracy and Development 155,348 3.21
Adamou Ndam NjoyaCameroon Democratic Union 83,860 1.73
Paul Abine AyahPeople's Action Party 61,158 1.26
Edith Kahbang WallaCameroon People's Party 34,639 0.72
Albert DzongangDynamic for National Renaissance 26,396 0.55
Jean de Dieu MomoDemocrat Patriots for the Development of Cameroon 23,791 0.49
Jean-Jacques EkindiProgressive Movement 21,593 0.45
Bernard MunaAlliance of Progressive Forces 18,444 0.38
Esther DangBloc for the Reconstruction and Economic Independence of Cameroon 15,775 0.33
Olivier Anicet BiléUnion for Fraternity and Prosperity 15,202 0.31
Anicet EkaneAfrican Movement for New Independence and Democracy 11,081 0.23
Victorin Hameni BieuleuUnion of Democratic Forces of Cameroon 10,615 0.22
Fritz Pierre NgoMovement of Cameroonian Ecologists 9,259 0.19
Jean NjeungaUnited Front of Cameroon 9,219 0.19
Isaac FeuzeuMovement for the Emergence and Rise of Citizen 9,216 0.19
Hubert KamgangUnion of African Populations 8,250 0.17
Simon Pierre Atangana NsoeGreat Cameroon 8,032 0.17
Marcus LontouoCameroonian National Congress 7,875 0.16
George Dobgima NyamndiSocial Liberal Congress 5,925 0.12
Joachim Tabi OwonoAction for Meritocracy and Equal Opportunities 5,795 0.12
Daniel Soh FoneUnited Socialist Party 5,074 0.10
Valid votes 4,847,249 97.70
Invalid votes 114,185 2.30
Total votes (turnout 68.3%) 4,961,434 100.00
Source: African Elections Database

See also[edit]