Cameroon: Joseph Dion Ngute Appointed Prime Minister to replace Philemon Yang

Joseph Dion Ngute. Photo: RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Cameroon President Paul Biya has named his new Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute Friday night to replace Philemon Yang, who has been in office since 2009, the national channel CRTV announced.

At the time of his appointment, Mr. Dion Ngute was Minister in charge of mission to the Cameroonian presidency. According to the official government website, he has been Minister Delegate to the Minister of External Relations for Cooperation with the Commonwealth since 1997 and has remained there for many years.

Mr. Dion Ngute was born in the South West, one of the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon, a predominantly French-speaking country. For nearly 27 years, the choice of the head of the Cameroonian government is reserved for the personalities of English origin.

For more than two years, a separatist movement has been active in the North West and South West, representing 20% of the national population. Deadly violence was born there, and President Biya promised the return of “calm” and “serenity” in this part of the country during the inauguration ceremony in November 2018.

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