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Cameroon

Republic of Cameroon
République du Cameroun

Political Status: Independence proclaimed 1960; federation established 1961; one-party unitary republic declared June 2, 1972; multiparty system introduced under legislation approved December 6, 1990.

Area: 183, 568 sq. mi. (475, 442 sq. km.).

Population: 10, 493, 655 (1987C); 19, 958, 000 (2010E).

Major Urban Centers (2005E): YAOUNDÉ; (1, 525, 000), Douala (875, 000).

Official Languages: French, English.

Monetary Unit: CFA Franc (official rate November 1, 2010: 472.31 francs = $1US). The CFA franc, previously pegged to the French franc, is now permanently pegged to the euro at 655.957 CFA francs = 1 euro.

President: Paul BIYA (Democratic Rally of the Cameroon People); served as prime minister 1975–1982; installed as president on November 6, 1982, to complete the term of Ahmadou Babatoura AHIDJO, who had resigned on November ...

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