Cameroon Senate retains 84-year-old speaker, Niat Njifenji Marcel

15 March 2019 12:03 Africa desk

The Cameroonian Senate on Thursday (March 14) reelected Speaker Niat Njifenji Marcel for a one-year period according to reports.

The 84-year-old veteran politician has served in the role since 2013. State broadcaster, CRTV, said he was a sole candidate in the vote to lead the lawmaking chamber. The senate has 100 members – 70 voted into the house and 30 appointed by the president.

After the end of an ordinary session in Yaounde, he garnered 92 out of 100 possible votes. Seven votes were not in favour of the motion whiles one senator was absent.

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