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Prime Minister of Cameroon

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Prime Minister of Cameroon

Prime Minister of the
Republic of Cameroon
Incumbent
Philémon Yang

since 30 June 2009
Appointer Paul Biya,
as President of Cameroon
Inaugural holder Ahmadou Ahidjo
Formation 1 January 1960
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Cameroon

Under the current constitution of Cameroon, the Prime Minister of Cameroon is a relatively powerless executive. While the Prime Minister is officially appointed to be the head of government, the President retains most of the executive power and can fire the Prime Minister at will.

History

The position has existed in the eastern part of Cameroon since it gained its independence from France in 1960. When the western part gained independence from the British in 1961, the two halves of the Cameroon federation maintained their autonomy and each had a separate Prime Minister. In 1972, Cameroon became a unitary state and the position of Prime Minister was temporarily unfilled. In 1975, Paul Biya was appointed as Prime Minister for all of Cameroon. After Biya's succession to the Presidency, the post of Prime Minister did not exist from 1984 to 1991.

List of Prime Ministers of Cameroon, 1960-present

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